The Philadelphia Flyers came up with a gigantic come from behind win Thursday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With under five minutes to play in the third period, the Flyers were down by a score of 4-2 and looked all but dead. Then, Claude Giroux happened.
The Flyers’ captain scored two incredibly clutch goals to tie the game and then to take the lead. The four-point effort from Giroux has definitely been the best single game the Flyers have seen from him this season. However, Thursday’s game hasn’t been the only clinic Giroux has been putting on lately.
In the last five games, Giroux has four goals and six assists. This is the Claude Giroux fans have been dying to see. Giroux got off to the slowest start of his career this season. It took him 16 games to score his first goal this year. For the team, those 16 games seemed like forever. The offense never got going until Giroux did. Being a high-powered goal scorer is what fans are used to seeing out of the captain, but he has been doing a marvelous job sharing the puck this season posting 21 assists thus far.
The Flyers will travel to Columbus Saturday night for their next game. Look for them to not make this one as dramatic. Tonight’s win doesn’t fix anything. Philadelphia still made Thursday’s game too close against a terrible Blue Jackets team. They are going to have to continue to even out the play from all angles if they want to be in prime shape for the second half of the season.