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Video: Crosby, Giroux give sledge hockey players surprise of a lifetime

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Check out a pretty cool clip that’s making the rounds — a bevy of NHL stars (including Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux) dropping in to play sledge hockey with a few unsuspecting players:

Cool moment, and was pretty clear the sledge guys taught the NHLers a thing or two about the finer points of their game:

For more on the Cruisers sledge hockey program, click here.

Video: Flyers’ Brayden Schenn cut by Wayne Simmonds skate

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Just four days after Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux was cut by a skate in Carolina, the Philadelphia Flyers had another close call on Tuesday.

As Wayne Simmonds was falling his skate cut teammate Brayden Schenn, who was already down, in the chin.

Fortunately for Schenn, he was able to get stitched up and return to action.

Flyers’ Giroux returns vs. Sens

Claude Giroux is in the lineup tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers’ captain missed Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Devils after suffering a skate cut on his left leg Friday night in Carolina.

According to NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman, Giroux is expected to play on a line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek.

Zac Rindaldo is a healthy scratch.

Giroux has 13 goals and 43 points in 38 games this season.

Flyers recall White, then waive him

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Interesting morning and early afternoon for Ryan White.

The veteran forward, recalled by the Flyers from AHL Lehigh Valley this morning, was placed on waivers just a few hours after getting brought up, per the Daily News.

While the timing of everything is odd, it’s really just a series of required roster moves. White was in AHL Lehigh Valley on a conditioning assignment and needed to be recalled before he could get sent back down; that said, there was a chance he could’ve stuck around Philly for a bit as captain Claude Giroux’s status (day-to-day with skate cut) remains uncertain for tomorrow’s game against the Sens.

As for White, he’s yet to play in the NHL this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle earlier in the campaign. The injury has also kept White from making his Flyers debut; prior to joining the club this offseason, the 26-year-old spent his first five professional seasons in the Montreal organization.

Mason: ‘This is not what we’re supposed to be known for’

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It would have been difficult for the Philadelphia Flyers to beat the New Jersey Devils last night given that Claude Giroux wasn’t available, but the fact that they were missing one of the best players in the game isn’t something they are going to hide behind.

Not when Saturday’s 5-2 defeat to New Jersey extended Philadelphia’s losing streak to five games and further diminished the team’s chances of making the playoffs.

“Obviously, we’re not playing,” goaltender Steve Mason told CSN Philly. “[Coach Craig Berube] has given us a game plan and we’re not sticking to it in any form. We’re letting down Chief. We’re letting down ourselves and the Flyers organization’s reputation as a whole. This is not what we’re supposed to be known for.”

Mason feels the Flyers’ efforts have been flat at times and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann offered a similar sentiment, but Berube disagrees.

“I really don’t believe it’s the overall game itself — the effort’s been there, the competitiveness has been there,” Berube said. “I think we played well on this road trip. I look defensively, I think we’ve done a real good job. We haven’t scored timely goals at times, and different things that have cost us hockey games.”

Philadelphia is 10 points shy of a playoff spot as it nears the halfway point of its schedule. On the plus side, the Flyers will play at home on Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 18. Given their 6-13-4 road record this season, a four-game stretch at the Wells Fargo Center will be a welcome change of pace.