Flyers, goal-less Giroux still struggling

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Flyers captain Claude Giroux. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

RALEIGH, N.C. _ It's official: the Flyers have the worst offense in the NHL.

The Flyers' excruciating 2-1 overtime loss in Carolina on Tuesday, coupled with Buffalo's 5-4 shootout victory in San Jose, dropped Philadelphia to 30th _ dead last _ with an average of 1.57 goals per game.

The Flyers (4-9-1) have scored two or fewer goals in 13 of their 14 games.

This loss came against a hapless, injury-plagued team that used its third-string goalie. The Flyers were 53 seconds away from their second straight road shutout before they fell apart.

Steve Mason was brilliant in goal, but he has to be flawless because of his team's anemic offense.

Captain Claude Giroux continued to struggle. He went without a goal for the 20th straight game over the last two seasons, and he was late on his defensive coverage in the final minute of regulation, enabling Jordan Staal to score the tying goal with 52.3 seconds left.

The 14-game goal-less drought this year is his longest in-season streak of his career.

Giroux again claimed he was 100 percent healthy and that his preseason finger surgery was not affecting his play.

But it sure seems like it is.

Giroux won just 41 percent (12 of 29) of his faceoffs Tuesday.

Entering the season, Giroux seemed like a shoo-in for Canada's Olympic team.

That is no longer the case, though he may still get a spot.

Breakaways. Despite missing its top scorer, Jeff Skinner, Carolina outshot the Flyers, 38-29, including a 16-7 margin after the second period….Nick Grossmann had eight hits and six blocked shots, but had a costly icing late in regulation…..The Hurricanes had 18 takeaways _ 14 more than the slow-footed Flyers…Carolina won 59 percent of the faceoffs.

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