Bruins: Claude Giroux

Carter a game-time decision for Flyers

May, 4, 2011
BOSTON -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would not indicate whether injured forward Jeff Carter (knee) would be able to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Carter, who injured his right knee in Game 4 of Philadelphia’s first-round series against the Buffalo Sabres, skated for the first time on Tuesday and participated in the team’s morning skate on Wednesday.

“Jeff Carter looked good this morning,” Laviolette said.

Carter, following his coach’s mandate, would not talk about his injury, or if he would be able to play in Game 3. When asked if he wanted to get back in the lineup since his team is down 2-0 in this series, Carter said: “Of course. I want to play every game.”

Carter’s teammates know the type of contribution he could make in the Flyers’ lineup, even if he’s less than 100 percent.

“He brings a lot to this team,” said winger Claude Giroux. “He’s an offensive player who shoots the puck real well and defensively he’s pretty responsible. We want a guy like that in our lineup.”

Chris Pronger, who missed Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, didn’t skate Wednesday morning. The Flyers haven’t made any announcements on his status for tonight’s game.

Flyers trying to turn page

May, 1, 2011
A day after taking it on the chin in their 7-3 Game 1 loss to the Bruins, the Flyers were back at it, holding a practice at Voorhees, N.J., trying to put what several players called an eye opener behind them.

“We realized how bad we played and how many mistakes we made, how many brain cramps we had yesterday," forward Daniel Briere said. "There are a lot of things we needed to rectify.”

But as forward Claude Giroux pointed out, the Flyers can’t dwell on Game 1.

“You've got to turn the page,” forward Claude Giroux said. “If you lose 1-0 in overtime or 7-3, I think in the playoffs that’s what’s so great about it, you've just got to turn the page and get ready for next game.”

Flyers owner Ed Snider was on hand for the practice, and Giroux said he hopes that motivates his team. Giroux thinks Snider’s presence and the fact that he cares so much will help the Flyers bounce back for Game 2.

“He is always around, always after games comes into the room and shakes guys’ hands," Giroux said of Snider. "He is always happy. I think he believes in us for sure. Anytime you see someone important like that, that cares so much, it obviously helps your motivation. You want to play for a guy like that.”