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Giroux: Flyers will 'tie up the series' in Game 4
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No matter what the odds may be, a captain is supposed to present a positive spin when it comes to looking ahead during a playoff series.

That’s what Bobby Clarke and Dave Poulin did. It’s what Keith Primeau and Mike Richards did.

And it’s exactly what Claude Giroux did immediately after the Flyers' lost Game 3 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers lead the series, 2-1.

It doesn’t matter that Giroux has been stifled in this series with a pair of assists and just two shots on goal.

The 26-year-old center pulled a Messier by predicting a Flyers victory in Game 4, slated for Friday night at Wells Fargo Center.

OK, it wasn't the Eastern Conference finals, but you get the idea.

“We’ll be ready for Game 4,” Giroux said. “We’re going to tie up the series and go back to New York.”

The New York media took notice of Giroux’s bold prediction and asked Rangers coach Alain Vigneault about it on Wednesday afternoon.

After a dozen seasons as a head coach in the NHL, Vigneault knows what to expect from a team captain.

“I think what Giroux said there is totally expected,” Vigneault said. “I think they expect to go into the next game and win, and I’m sure our guys expect to go into the next game and win.

“That’s part of competitive nature. I can’t foresee any one of our players not stepping on the ice any time and not thinking that they can win. We know that come Friday, it’s another game, we’re going to get ready for it, we’re going to have a plan, we’re going to see another goaltender [Steve Mason].

“We’re going to have a plan for that, and we’re going to work real hard to try and win that game. And I can tell you I’m 100-percent sure that Philly’s going to do the same thing.”

Twenty years ago this month, Messier predicted the Rangers would win Game 6 of the conference finals against New Jersey.

He backed his pledge up with a hat trick. The Rangers would go on to win that series and the Stanley Cup against Pat Quinn’s Vancouver Canucks.