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Link Checks 4/23/2012

As they always say, the third time's the charm.

In their third chance to finally eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday afternoon, the Flyers did just that as they won 5-1 (TCL Flyers).  Injuries like the one to Nicklas Grosmann (TCL Flyers) couldn’t stop the Flyers because they simply wanted it more (TCL Flyers).  Bryzgalov appeared to be hurt the game before (TCL Flyers), but he put up impressive numbers in the final game.

The big story from the game was that of Claude Giroux’s play.  Analysts and writers are considering him “the best player in the world,” and that just about tells you all you need to know (TCL Flyers).  He told Head Coach Peter Laviolette before the game, “I don’t know who you plan on starting, but I want that first shift. (Orange and Black Pack)”  It was one hell of a great first shift (YouTube) as he set the tone early (SBNation Philly).  Laviolette made the right decision putting him out there, and made many other great coaching decisions this past round (The Hockey Guys).

Claude Giroux’s fantastic play was the discussion around the league.  It truly was legendary (The 700 Level).  There’s a little bit of Deja Vu for Flyers fans that were alive to watch Bobby Clarke play.  Clarke was 24 years old when he lead the Flyers to the finals and made a name for himself. Giroux is 24 now and has a chance to do the same thing (Philly.com).

The guys from ‘Flyers Corner’ talked about this and provided their closing thoughts on the series.  The discussion featured how the youth helped the Flyers take the series, Peter Laviolette vs Dan Bylsma, and much more (TCL Flyers)!

Youth really was a big part in helping the Flyers win.  The rookies have been poised and productive all season long (The Hockey Guys) and one man deserves a ton of credit for building this depth-filled roster: Paul Holmgren (RLD Hockey).  Guys like Gustafsson, who made an impact yesterday (The Inquirer), have filled in all season and have played exceptionally well.

Three other teams, all from the West, have earned their spot in the second round:

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The Kings were overtime winners last night as they decisively won their series over the Canucks, 4-1 (NHL.com).  The Blues also took their series 4-1 (NHL.com) as did the Predators (Crimespree Hockey).  The only undecided series in the West is between the Blackhawks and Coyotes.  Every game has gone to overtime, and Game 6 probably will too. As of now, the ‘Yotes lead 3-2 (NHL.com).

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The Flyers were the only ones in the East to finish their series already.  The Sens lead the Rangers 3-2 (NHL.com), just like the Panthers do over the Devils (NHL.com).  The Bruins and Capitals will play Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday (NHL.com).

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