Giroux, Richards lead the way in Flyers' win

The Flyers' Mike Richards (left) and Andrej Meszaros celebrate one of two goals from Richards in the third period against the Senators. Richards assisted on Claude Giroux's power-play goal.
The Flyers' Mike Richards (left) and Andrej Meszaros celebrate one of two goals from Richards in the third period against the Senators. Richards assisted on Claude Giroux's power-play goal.
Posted: November 16, 2010

Claude Giroux continues to make the NHL's head honchos look foolish for ignoring him on their 100-player all-star ballot.

The Flyers' 22-year-old center had three points - the seventh time in the last 10 games he has had at least two points - to key a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games; it's the first time they have had points in 10 consecutive games since an 8-0-2 streak in 2005-06.

Giroux had a power-play goal and two assists, while Mike Richards (three points) scored two third-period goals - including a shorthanded breakaway that made it 4-1 and broke the Senators' backs - as the Flyers handed Ottawa just its second loss in the last six games.

Danny Briere, who scored his ninth goal to start the Flyers' latest onslaught, said he was surprised Giroux was left off the all-star ballot.

Giroux leads the Flyers with 10 goals - he didn't score his 10th until Jan. 12 last season - and he is among the NHL leaders in numerous offensive categories.

"Maybe they sometimes go with guys with more experience," Briere said. "But I'm pretty sure for the next 10 years, he's going to be on that ballot. If he keeps playing that way, there's no doubt he's going to be in the All-Star Game, anyway. Like I told him, it doesn't matter. It's just a ballot. It doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean you're not going to be there, especially with the way he's playing."

Giroux admitted disappointment at being left off the ballot, "but there's a lot of good players, and I'm still young. Hopefully, in a couple years maybe."

Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (11-2-1) continued his solid play as he notched his 11th win, which is tied for the NHL lead. Through an interpreter, the Russian goalie said that playing in his 10th straight game was "physically a little tougher, but on the other hand, with each game, you get into the game much faster." He said he prefers playing over taking a night off.

There was one negative for the Flyers: Fourth-line winger Dan Carcillo suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee as he checked Chris Campoli and went into the boards awkwardly with 14 minutes, 16 seconds left in the second period. Carcillo will miss at least two weeks, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Giroux is seventh in the NHL with 21 points.

"It's going well," Giroux said after the Flyers fired a season-high 46 shots. "Any time the team plays well, you get comfortable. We're just having fun right now, and hopefully, we can keep on going like that."

The Flyers, who will play in Montreal on Tuesday in a matchup of division leaders, continued their torrid scoring pace as they built a 2-1 first-period lead on goals by Briere and Darroll Powe, both on tip-ins of point drives.

That gave Team Vesuvius 15 goals in its last seven periods. The Flyers have scored 18 goals in their last three games - their most in a three-game span since 2005.

The Flyers were 0 for 3 on the power play before Giroux scored his 10th goal, converting an excuse-me pass from Richards with 1:29 remaining in the second period.

Richards was trying to pass across the ice to Kimmo Timonen, but he flubbed the feed and it dribbled a few feet away to Giroux in the slot. No problem. Giroux rifled it past Brian Elliott to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.

"I totally missed the pass, but G picked up the scraps," said Richards after collecting his 300th career point. "When things are going well for your team, you seem to be getting those bounces."

Giroux's goal made the Flyers 14 for 42 (33 percent) on the power play in their last 10 games. It is no coincidence that they have picked up points in each of those games.

"Confidence and continuity," said Briere, when asked to explain the Flyers' high-scoring, 10-game surge. "We're building chemistry and feeling better and better with each other."


Contact staff writer Sam Carchidi at 215-854-5181 or scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BroadStBull.

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