When the Philadelphia Flyers needed something to jump-start their stalling offense on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J. they turned to none other than their captain Claude Giroux. He scored the first goal on the power play to ignite the spark leading the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Though the captain was there for the Flyers tonight, it had not always been like that this season.
The season did not start out the way that Philadelphia or Giroux had hoped for with the team winning only four games out of the first 15 all the while Giroux did not find the scoresheet. In the 16th game, the captain scored the game-winning goal in the Flyers 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Wells Fargo Center.
That game started a streak of seven-consecutive games in which the Flyers earned a point with six wins during that stretch — Giroux contributed three goals and five assists.
Right now, the Flyers are playing the best hockey that they have all season and this stretch of games all started with a bad loss. That game was on Dec. 11 when Philadelphia lost 7-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, since then, the Flyers have gone 9-2-1 jumping from twelfth place in the Eastern Conference to fifth place as of Tuesday.
During this twelve game stretch Giroux has tallied eight goals and ten assists with a +10 rating while line-mate Jakub Voracek has chipped in with five goals and eleven assists. Giroux has incredible leadership abilities but beyond that he makes every other team-mate on the ice with him better.
Giroux has scored in 12 different games for Philadelphia this season and the Flyers have a record of 11 wins, zero losses and one shootout loss in those games. Just another stat that shows how important he is to his team.
It was announced on Tuesday that Giroux was not being called in to represent Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While disappointing for Giroux it could be a blessing in disguise for Flyers fans who will not have to worry about their captain picking up an injury while on international duty.