Giroux helps Team Staal win SuperSkills competition

Claude Giroux participated in Saturday night's NHL Skill Competition with Team Staal. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

  RALEIGH, N.C. _ By scoring three relatively quick goals from a harsh angle in one of the events, Flyers center Claude Giroux helped Team Staal defeat Team Lidstrom, 33-22, in the NHL's SuperSkills Challenge Saturday night at the jam-packed RBC Center.

   There were six events, with all-stars and rookies among the participants.

   Danny Briere, the Flyers' other all-star, had a great performance in a losing cause.

   The All-Star Game is Sunday at 4 p.m.

   "Can't wait," said Giroux, 23, a first-time all-star.

   "I feel very lucky to be here," Giroux added. "Obviously, there's a lot of good players on my team that should have been here also. It's a great honor and I never thought I'd be here tonight."

    Giroux also has an eye toward the second half of the Flyers' superb season.

   "All the guys are pretty excited, and hopefully we go back and go right back at it," he said.

    Added Giroux: "We had a little meeting before we left, and I think it's important that our guys get some rest. There's not one guy who's not excited about the rest of the season....When you have that run, like last year, you just get more hungry. We were so close last year, and it just makes you want more."

     The Flyers, losers to Chicago in last year's Cup Final, are No. 1 in the 30-team NHL.

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