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Dreger: Giroux uses playoffs as coming out party

Darren Dreger
4/19/2009 8:58:34 PM
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I talked to Bob Clarke following the Flyers 6-3 win in Game 3 Sunday and he talked about rookie Claude Giroux as having something that very few players in the National Hockey League have and that is vision.

Giroux combines his ability to see the ice with a complete game.  All his skills were on display on Sunday.  He is the type of feisty player that Clarke likes, but he also was able to use his excellent vision to set up Simon Gagne on the shorthanded marker to give the Flyers a two goal lead.  He also showed off his great hands in tapping home the game winner.

Bob Clarke talks about this young man, not as a budding superstar, but as a star right now.

Hurting Flames

Flames' defenceman Cory Sarich, who was not able to play in the series opener against the Blackhawks, re-injured himself in Game 2.  I'm not saying he aggravated his previous injury but that he suffered an additional injury on Saturday.

Sarich plans on taking the game day skate prior to Game 3 on Monday.  He is questionable at best which puts an immense amount of pressure on the likes of Adam Pardy and Jim Vandermeer while Dion Phaneuf's minutes are likely to go up as well.

There may be a shred of good news here for the Flames as Robyn Regehr went hard on the bike on Sunday.  He is doubtful at best to play in this series, but there is a glimmer of hope as to what the Calgary Flames saw of their defensive stalwart on Sunday.

Darren Dreger

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