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January 31:

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Danny Briere and Claude Giroux both score in NHL All-Star Game

January 31 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“For one afternoon, at least, NHL stood for the No Hitting League as the 58th All-Star Game showcased its best players at the RBC Center.

With a loud, mostly red-clad crowd watching, defense was a rumor as Team Lidstrom, co-coached by the Flyers’ Peter Laviolette, overcame an early four-goal deficit and outlasted Team Staal, 11-10.

The Flyers’ Danny Briere had two goals to aid the winners, while Claude Giroux, who played a game-low 13 minutes, 16 seconds on a team coached by Chicago’s Joel Quenneville, had a goal and an assist in a losing cause.

“It was fun, a great weekend – especially sharing this experience with my boys,” said Briere, who had his three sons with him. “Having them on the bench, too, during the game [was special]. I had a blast.”

Briere, who helped his team register the biggest comeback win in all-star history, said he liked seeing the normally intense Laviolette have a loose demeanor during the game.

“But at the same time, that’s what makes him so good,” said a smiling Briere of his coach’s fiery manner. “It was fun to see him in a different mood.”

Laviolette grinned when relayed Briere’s comments.

“He’s stuck with me the other way,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of stress or pressure out here today.”

Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, a former Flyer who was not on this season’s all-star ballot, was the MVP despite playing on the losing side. Sharp had a goal and two assists and played on a line with Giroux and St. Louis’ David Backes (three assists).

“We had some pretty good chemistry going,” Giroux said.

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With the All-Star Game a memory, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux set sights on Flyers’ stretch run

January 31 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Now that the All-Star Game is history, forwards Claude Giroux and Danny Briere are focused on putting the finishing touches on the Flyers’ so-far-superb season.

“We had a little meeting before we left, and I think it’s important that our guys get some rest,” said Giroux, who scored his first all-star goal and also contributed an assist in his team’s 11-10 loss. “There’s not one guy who’s not excited about the rest of the season. . . . When you have that run, like last year, you just get more hungry. We were so close last year, and it just makes you want more.”

The Flyers, losers to Chicago in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals, are No. 1 in the 30-team NHL.

“We’ve put ourselves in a really good position going down the stretch, but there’s still lots of work to be done,” Briere said after scoring two goals to help Team Lidstrom notch the wild win.

“Everything ratchets up a notch now,” said Peter Laviolette, a co-coach of the all-star winners.”

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At All-Star Game, Flyers’ Giroux shows why he belongs

January 31 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Sitting deep in his stall inside the Hurricanes’ locker room, looking relaxed with his legs crossed, Claude Giroux was smiling.

Two stalls over, members of the Canadian media were gobbling up temporary teammates Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Sedin. A throng of television cameras were clamoring for star of the weekend, Eric Staal.

Looking around at the different last names etched above the lockers, Giroux said he needed to pinch himself a little bit.

Two years ago, the humble Hearst, Ontario, native never imagined he would be at the All-Star Game – not this fast, not this soon. Yesterday, Giroux did something some of his locker room’s biggest names – like Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry – couldn’t do: score in the All-Star Game.

“I was just glad I didn’t embarrass myself out there,” Giroux said with a laugh. “I never thought I’d be able to be here. Just to be picked, it’s a great honor. The best players in the world are here, I feel pretty lucky.”

No, luck is being Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, since someone from his team had to be represented in yesterday’s 58th NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center. Giroux made his own luck.

“There’s no question he belonged,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, who coached against Giroux yesterday. “He’s had an All-Star year and he is an All-Star player. Certainly his performance this year, he’s warranted it.”

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