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Giroux makes history, now Penguins have to do the same

Apr 13, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores a shorthanded goal on Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores a shorthanded goal on Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Claude Giroux led the Flyers with 12 points in 11 playoff games in 2011. That was impressive, but in Friday’s 8-5 Flyers victory he was Gretzky-esque. Or should I say Lemieux-esque, seeing as it was Mario who last matched Giroux’s feat of six points in a single playoff game back on April 23, 1992.

Tonight, Giroux also set a Flyers franchise record for the most points in a postseason contest. Not to mention that he found the back of the net on the man advantage and with his team shorthanded.

All these factoids serve to highlight one central point — he was awesome on Friday and gave one of the best performances in recent memory. It was a once-in-a-career type of night, though given that he’s just 24, he might defy that statement.

What’s more is by making history, Giroux has ensured the Penguins will have to make some history of their own if they want to win this series. No team has ever beaten the Flyers after Philadelphia has taken a 2-0 series lead. Pittsburgh will have to either become the first or suffer its second straight first round exit in as many seasons.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    G!!!!!!!

    • crosberries - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Hahaha he gets hit once by Paul Martin and tries to kick him just like game one when staal hit him he rolls over and tries to hit him with his skates. What a cry baby

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Dude. You are posting on the wrong article. This isn’t about Crosby but I can see how you can confuse the two.

  2. mercyflush - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    G was pretty quiet in game 1. made up for that in a big way tonight.

    What I’ve liked most about this series so far is that it’s been different players stepping up each game. Schenn and Briere and Voracek game 1. Giroux and Courturier and Talbot tonight. It’s not one line that’s carrying them. they are getting contributions from everywhere.

    (Giroux also had 10 g and 11 a in 23 games in the 2010 playoffs as a 22 year old. I think it’s pretty clear that were looking at a stud playoff performer, and one of the top 5 players in the NHL right now).

    • vismund11 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      That’s what the Flyers have that I’ve been trying to posit all season, the Flyers have so much DEPTH. Paul Holmgren is a boss of a GM but no one hears about him or his team because no matter how they play they’ll always be pegged as the Bullies, a team which played the kind of hard nosed hockey better than anyone in the 70’s, when hockey WAS much more hard nosed. The flyers today are just a solid organization with smart talented players. Giroux is an amazing player, with Forsberg’s vision on the ice.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        No those Flyers were just goons.

      • vismund11 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Goons that got two cups. First expansion team to get Cups. I’ll take it. Now they’ve got a young talented and gritty team. Different NHL, Different team, same reputation, THATs what’s unwarranted.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        They were still goons with a few class players. They won the Cup because of Bernie Parent.

      • vismund11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        I can only guess by your user name that your from buffalo. Hence the bad attitude toward the Flyers. Still mad about 1974-75 season? And if it was all goons and just Bernie that got them to the cup, shouldnt Your star goaltender in Ryan Miller get you guys to finally hoist Lord Stanley’s silverware?

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Stay on topic Skippy. I was writing about the Flyers. Not a coincidence they haven’t captured another Cup since. Goalie problems ever since.

  3. johnguelff - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    KNOCK KNOCK!!

    -wings fan

    • mediatedviscera - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      take it easy…do what you have to. if needed they will reverse 97′ the wings have one line.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Wings are too old to be a factor

  4. bleed4philly - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    “I have this theory, that Claude Giroux can have chemistry with anyone.” – Lavy

  5. tackledummy1505 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Claude Giroux doesn’t get enough credit. Definitely a future C in my mind for Flyers. The funny thing is after game 1, Hartnell and Giroux came off the ice and asked who made it to round 2 in the NHL 13 video game cover. Believe it or not, since both of them got the most votes, they’re both moving on. These guys want to win and they’ll follow Lavy into the fire. I am worried about the Rangers and Devils, but with their attitude to win I still think its possible. Let’s Go Flyers, Let’s Go!!!! Doop it up boys and get those Knock Knocks!

    • maalea - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      As a Flyers fan, I want Ott. Or Wash. To pull an upset. Give me the winner of the NJ – Fla. series. That said there is sill more work to be done against Pitt.

      • obamablowz - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        As a Flyers fan I’d rather see two more wins before I start saying “give me the winner of another series.”

  6. dawglb - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    No doubt, we are watching a special player develop, here.

  7. hartsy19 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    roses are red
    violets are blue
    genopringles said
    i wish we had claude giroux

    • clamnewton - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      What a great poem. Too bad he won’t be around to read it.

  8. hartsy19 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    HERE WE GO BOYS

  9. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Key look everyone its crosberries! What r u doing on here u should b in bed with GenoPringles holding each other. And what a dumb comment u made, G had 6 POINTS!

    • crosberries - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      What does that have to do with his dirty play? Your a moron too many concussions playing football yo

  10. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Hey*

  11. ottograham - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    our D is too soft. will not win a championship with it. Hell we may not win a playoff game with it.

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