JVR misses win in Chi.: Pronger offers puck bid

   CHICAGO _ Winger James van Riemsdyk missd the Flyers' impressive 4-1 win in Chicago Sunday with an apparent groin injury, but his teammates didn't skip a beat.

    Nik Zherdev, who had been on Mike Richards' line, replaced JVR on the unit with Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux.

   The line combined for nine points and was plus-11.

   JVR was injured in the third period of Saturday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey, a game in which he scored the Flyers' lone goal. He is listed as day to day, but said he hopes to play Tuesday vs. visiting Montreal.

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   Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is back in the rookie-of-the-year talk after winning his fifth straight; he raised his record to 20-6-3 with an excellent 30-save effort against Chicago.

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   Carter had two goals Sunday and now has six goals in his last six games.

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   Giroux notched a career-best four assists and is on a career-high six-game points streak, during which he has 10 points.

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   Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger says a person or business can make a bid for the puck he stole after Game 2 of last year's Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago. He said he will donate the money to charity _ and he threw out the number $50,000 as a potential bid.

   At first, a Chicago reporter thought Pronger had the missing puck from the Blackhawks' Cup-clinching win in Game 6.

   That, Pronger said, would be going too far. He was a little too emotionally spent, he said, to bother stealing a puck after that crushing OT defeat.

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  Mike Richards has commitments he has to honor and he will not be able to attend the All-Star Game, if he is named as a replacement player.

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   The Flyers host Montreal on Tuesday, then have five days off for the all-star break. That is, all except all-stars Danny Briere and Giroux. and coach Peter Laviolette.

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