Thursday, February 11, 2016

Flyers' Giroux continues his clutch play

The Flyers tied a club record by winning their ninth game of the season when trailing at some point in the third period.

Flyers' Giroux continues his clutch play

Flyers captain Claude Giroux. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Flyers captain Claude Giroux. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Flyers tied a club record by winning their ninth game of the season when trailing at some point in the third period.

They trailed 4-3 entering the third period before earning a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.

There were many central figures but none bigger than Claude Giroux. He had two spectacular third period assists on the Flyers fourth and fifth goals and then Matt Read iced matters with an empty netter.

Giroux’s backhanded pass to Jake Voracek provided the fourth goal and his back pass to Michael Raffl with 4:15 remaining was the game winner.

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The Flyers captain continues to play like somebody who should not have been left off the Canadian Olympic team. In his last 18 games, he now has eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points.

To top it off, he was 12 for 17 on faceoffs (71 percent) against the Islanders.
Afterwards Giroux echoed a cautionary note about the win. While he and his teammates liked the fight that the Flyers showed in earning the comeback win, the fact that they keep getting themselves in that position is something he’d like to see corrected.

“We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot like that,” Giroux said. “We need to do a better job of playing a full 60 minutes. We made a lot of mistakes out there and we need to do a better job.”

Giroux was candid when asked if the team let goalie Steve Mason down. Mason was pulled with six minutes to go in the second period after the Islanders had taken a 4-3 lead. Coach Craig Berube said he did it as a wake-up call to the team and Giroux agreed with his coach that this wasn’t the goalie’s fault.

“They had a lot of chances, 2-on-1 and breakaways,” Giroux said. “He’s a good goalie. We need to do a better job to prevent those odd-man rushes.”

Giroux even added some rare humor when asked about the three-year, $12.3 million extension that Mason signed earlier in the day.

 “All of us, the players, I don’t think we wanted to sign him but I guess (Paul) Holmgren wanted to,” Giroux said in a comment that drew plenty of laughter. He then turned serious when talking of Mason.

“He’s a great guy off the ice too and to know that he’s going to be here for a couple of years is great,” Giroux said. “Just his attitude and the way he wants to win, it’s fun.”

And deep down Giroux is glad that the team was able to pull out a win on a night they didn’t play well in front of their starting goalie.

“When we started playing our game, playing as a system, that’s when we’re a dangerous team,” he said.

And when Giroux makes plays that few others can, that certainly helps the most.

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