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Flyers win seven straight without Pronger, Giroux

Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.

With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.

The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.

It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.

Giroux's Injury Hits Hard

The statement was deafening, as if a booming voice was speaking it over a loudspeaker.

"Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion"

Not feeling very good, gotten worse, out indefinitely?

Oof.

In a year where Claude Giroux was proving his superstar-like talent every night in the NHL, it’s stunning. With one hit, those who have grown accustomed to watching the Hearst, Ontairo native are now relegated to the waiting game.

Sound familiar?

It’s eerie timing in the wake of the latest news regarding Sidney Crosby. Crosby, the game’s ubermensch is out for as long as symptoms still remain. Sadly, the let down after what many thought would be his final, and maybe last, return seems to tell the tale of the future.

BREAKING: Giroux has concussion

As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.

According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).

Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.

From the fourth line to the first line

This is the big chance Sean Couturier has been waiting for.

Granted the 19-year-old wasn't in favor of it coming at the cost of Claude Giroux's noodle, Couturier is looking forward to shedding Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk as line mates in favor of a future Hall of Famer and one of the best goal-scoring pests in the NHL.

Couturier will see a promotion to the first scoring line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell tomorrow night in Washington.

In the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, Giroux suffered a freak head injury. While down, forward Wayne Simmonds tried to avoid Giroux but caught him in the back of the head with his knee.

Update On Giroux

Update on the injury to Claude Giroux on Saturday night against the Lightning.

Line Experiment Produces Chemistry

After adding Scott Hartnell to the Giroux-Jagr line, many wondered if the Flyers other lines would have trouble producing. Three games and 15 goals later, that looks to be a concern of the past.

Opportunity Lost: Turnovers Cost Flyers a Point Against Devils

Turnovers would cost the Flyers once again as they fell to the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 by way of a shootout.

Source: Couturier to stay with Flyers

With Sean Couturier's 10-game mark nearing, the Flyers have made the decision to keep the 18-year-old rookie with the big club instead of dropping him to juniors. John Russo has more.

Contract Space Secured

Once Blair Betts was returned to Philadelphia for failing the Canadiens physical, it was clear the Flyers had to find a way to clear up a contract space.

They achieved that today, sending minor league forward Stefan Legein and a 6th round pick in 2012 to Los Angeles for future considerations.

Youngsters, Bobrovsky Fuel Flyers

In their first preseason contest of the year, the Philadelphia Flyers got off on the right skate with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would be some newcomers and youngsters that led the way, along with a stellar game from goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

After a first period that saw the two teams both play tentative hockey, the second period was a much different story. It would be an unlikely source that would be the first to put a number on the scoreboard. Tough guy Zac Rinaldo finally solved the puzzle of Toronto goalie James Reimer with 13:35 remaining in the second period. He took a centering pass from Matt Read and went in on Reimer using an incredible diving shot to be...