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Claude Giroux has been named one of the three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which is given to the player who is deemed most valuable during the regular season. The other two finalists are Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.
Let's face it, while the Flyers could have beaten the Rangers in their seven game series, it's amazing that they even made it that far.
This is a flawed team with a shaky defense and a bounce back goalie. A team with a rookie head coach that's typically and unfairly defined primarily as a former goon. Craig Berube had to take over a team that was so bad in its first few games that they kicked Peter Laviolette to the curb. Berube somehow got this team to third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Wayne Simmonds was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the infamous Mike Richards trade back in the summer of 2011. At the time, the big fish for the Flyers was forward Brayden Schenn. Schenn was considered one of the top prospects in hockey. Some people went as far as to call him a “younger Mike Richards”.
Wayne Simmonds was there to sweeten the pot for the Flyers. He was a big, physical player that would work hard along the boards and fight guys when necessary. The kind of player that Philadelphia loves. No one thought that, a few years later, he would lead the team in goals. His highest point total with the Los Angeles Kings was 40. He simply wasn't used in that much of an offensive role.
Philadelphia Flyers @ New York Rangers, Game 7, 7:00 pm, NBCSN/CSN-Philly/MSG/TSN2/RDS
In a back-and-forth series, it comes down to tonight for the Philadelphia Flyers, as they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for Game 7. The Rangers have won all the odd-numbered games so far in the series while the Flyers have won all the even-numbered games. In the final game of the series, can the Orange and Black win their second game in as many days at a place they have only won once since February of 2011?