The Philadelphia Flyers have failed to do plenty of things right in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup with the New York Rangers, but a large part of that is because they haven’t been able to utilize the offerings of their captain, Claude Giroux.
Giroux, who’s been double or triple-teamed for the majority of the series with the Rangers, finally snapped out of a funk yesterday and came alive. Unfortunately for the Flyers, it was a bit too late. However, if Giroux can carry his Game 5 performance into Game 6, the Flyers might be able to push it to a Game 7.
Yesterday’s contest was the first game in the series that Giroux was able to take more than two shots on goal (6). In the first two games, he wasn’t able to fire off one shot. In Game 3 and Game 4, he only fired a combined four at two shots each. Yesterday’s contest was also the first time Giroux had his ice time breach the 21-minute mark in the series. He did so despite only playing in 23 shifts, the fewest he’s had in the series.
The most important thing, however, is the fact that he was finally able to get the goal monkey off his back. Giroux was able to fire one past Henrik Lundqvist, but again, it was a tad too late. Nonetheless, the Flyers’ captain was finally able to find a way to beat the double-teams and have some success. The odds should be in the Flyers’ favor should Giroux score tomorrow night. Philadelphia is 13-5 in the playoffs when Giroux nets a goal.