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Claude Giroux dazzles with four points in return

Dec 21, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

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Claude Giroux‘s sensational season was put on hold with a concussion on Dec. 10, but he built up enough of a points lead that he entered tonight’s action tied for first place with 39 points. He could probably take another game or two off if that’s his desire after his sensational four-point game in a 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars tonight.

That effort places Giroux all alone in first place with 43 points in just 29 games. It was no accident, either, as it seemed like his line created a scoring chance on almost every shift.

The nearly inevitable Sidney Crosby comparisons continue, but that’s not a horrible thing in this case. The good comparison is that Giroux matched Crosby’s four points in a concussion comeback. Hopefully he won’t match the bad parallel of getting hurt again soon after, though.

Here’s his one goal and the first of four points, which wasn’t quite as pretty as most of his productive moments for Thursday and this fantastic 2011-12 campaign.

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Want a little more from that game? Check out Peter Laviolette’s strange exchange with Steve Ott.

Here are the highlights from the game.

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  1. steelwarriors55 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    as a Flyers fan though I have to admit that Crosby missed a lot more time so the chances of being off-sync were higher

    • tcclark - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      true but the chances of Crosby being healthy were a lot higher too. he hadn’t suffered the concussion for months. He had almost a year to heal. Giroux got hit 4 games ago. the fact that he got back on the ice and was the same old Giroux again was amazing.

      • bjg5091 - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM

        Plus, Giroux did it against the Stars. Crosby did it against the Islanders, his favorite team.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Conclusions: FUCK YEAH, CLAUDE GIROUX.

  3. cshearing - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Hate to be that guy, but…did not know he was back, so he was sitting on my fantasy team. I lost my 1st place lead last night because of this.

    Good for Giroux though. Hate to see anyone have to deal with injuries, concussions in particular.

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