When I initially started working on this profile of Giroux, I was going to bring up philly.com’s poll asking “Who are you giving up on for Lent?” and how one of the options read “Does the C on Claude Giroux’s chest stand for cursed?” After some rough losses this weekend, fans were leaning towards this feeling. I jokingly refer to it as “Flyers Hockey Depression.”
I started to pull myself out of this depression after I watched Monday afternoon’s game and saw a new Claude Giroux. A Giroux that actually was starting to look like a captain. He logged two goals and an assist in the game. He also really excelled on the line with Matt Read and Jakub Voracek who were also key stars in the game. This is only one game, so is it enough to pull Giroux out of his slump?
Let’s hope so. With the shut out win, this game was the best one we’ve seen so far this season. Was it so impressive solely because the Islanders dropped it so quickly and played so horribly? Well yes, but also no. The Islanders aren’t that great of a team and seen to be in the same boat as the Flyers, but the Flyers played like a different team in Monday’s game. I definitely like what I saw in Giroux in this game, this is the Giroux that Flyers fans have been waiting to see all season long. This is the Giroux from last season who won us over, and we want to see more of him on the ice.
I’m hopeful that he can avoid the curse. He’s such a good player and has so many more years ahead of him in the league. I also see a little bit of Bobby Clarke in him, and we’ll need to see that in him on Wednesday as he takes on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins at Pittsburgh.
That one is going to be more of an uphill battle than their last game and I really hope I didn’t just jinx them.