Perhaps getting dominated by an all-time great (Jaromir Jagr) and being without one of the game’s best forwards (Claude Giroux) had Wayne Simmonds thinking as the New Jersey Devils plundered his Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Saturday.
Either way, greatness was clearly on his mind, as this quote to CSNPhilly.com can attest.
“The way we played tonight, we could have had Wayne Gretzky in our lineup and I don’t know if we would have won,” Wayne Simmonds said.
/Pauses for “Probably because Gretzky’s 53 years old now,” jokes.
It’s tough to say which NHL legend might have been able to turn this one around, especially when New Jersey wasn’t just sitting on its lead:
(Chart via Natural Stat Trick)
The Flyers have lost five games in a row, but the good news is that they’ll be back in Philly for four straight home games. Even with a holiday break to soften some of the blow, that eight-game stretch is a challenge for any team, let alone an up-and-down group like the Flyers.
It was expected that Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux would test his leg to see if he could play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, but he didn’t even warm up and will miss the game altogether.
CSNPhilly.com points out that Giroux had played 168 games in a row, having not missed a game since April 7, 2012. He suffered a cut from a skate blade via Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday.
Philly will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Devils tonight, as Scott Laughton is also out with an undisclosed injury.
Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux left Friday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes early in the third period after appearing to suffer a serious cut.
From CSN Philadelphia:
Giroux went into the corner with the ‘Canes defenseman Justin Faulk to battle for a loose puck and became entangled with Faulk in the first five minutes of the third period with the Flyers trailing, 2-0.
Faulk’s skate appeared to slice through Giroux’s left leg. Replays show significant blood leaking through his tape wrap and socks.
The injury was serious enough that referee Ian Walsh stopped play and motioned for the Flyers’ training staff to come onto the ice. Giroux was helped off with his left leg in the air and went through the Canes’ off-ice entrance to get quicker medical attention.
Updated: Good news. The Flyers just announced via Twitter that Giroux is probable for Saturday’s game in New Jersey.
“I know I got lucky. It’s pretty scary,” said Giroux, as per the team’s Twitter account, after the game.