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Video: Giroux’s stunning game-winner

Dec 19, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

Remember when Claude Giroux couldn’t buy a goal earlier this season? That memory seems to fade with each successive dominant performance, but if you want a symbolic moment of his turnaround, consider his game-winning goal from Thursday:

File that one firmly in the “That shouldn’t even be possible” category.

That tally was fittingly stunning for the Philadelphia Flyers’ 5-4 comeback win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, which you can read more about here.

  1. flyerspsu - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    4 pts, the tying and GWG in the last 3 minutes, over a PPG player for his last 20 games, seems like hes back

    • hockey412 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      They need to show that video from the Squirt level onward as evidence as to why you just get the puck on net. Even though it was lucky he deserved that goal for just getting the shot off.

  2. devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Sorry Flyer fans, but that was pure luck there. Could have been John Scott there.

    • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      You’re partially right. That’s luck, but it’s only the type of lucky that the best players in the world have. If you think John Scott could score a goal like that you’re a fool. That’s tremendous skill and accuracy. Haven’t seen many goals like it, only Ovi’s goal in Phoenix a few years ago, which is considered one of the best goals in history. If you think it’s just pure coincidence that only scorers like Ovechkin and Giroux have scored those goals, but Scott could too, you’re not a hockey fan.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        Other players score crazy goals too, but they don’t get as much attention. Brunner had an absolute beauty last night. Does that put him in the same conversation as OV and Giroux? Absolutely not! All that goal needed was a lot of determination to get the shot off and luck to go in. And Giroux is most definitely not the most determined player in the league.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        First of all, I said nothing about Giroux’s determination, although it is admirable. Second of all, Brunner’s goal was on this website just last night so you should really get your argument together. I thought that was a beautiful goal. However, Brunner’s career high of points is 26, while Giroux’s is 93 so a) Giroux is a star/elite player while Brunner is not, and therefore will garner more attention and put him in conversations of superstardom and b) goals like that are more common than goals like this. Brunner’s goal was beautiful, but not a rarity. Giroux’s goal is a rarity and the fact that he scored this does put him with Ovi, because he actually shows up to play and can score while Brunner shows up to play when he feels like it and gets scratched and demands contracts that are way out of his pay-range. Don’t try and compare them.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        I’d take $2.5 million for Brunner’s 8 goals over Giroux’s $8+ million. So your contact defense is completely bonkers. Goals like Brunner’s last night, happen all the time in shootouts, not very often in games. I’d like to see Giroux repeat this goal even once again in his career. Let me tell you a secret. He won’t; because it’s impossible. Also helped that McElhinney had his head stuck up his @$$.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        You are an IDIOT if you want Brunner over Giroux. You are perhaps the most biased, Flyers-hating person I have ever met. Lou Lamoriello would trade Brunner and half his team in a heartbeat to acquire Giroux. The fact that Giroux can seal up $8 mill in a contract and Brunner couldn’t get the 5 mil he was asking proves that my contract point shows a pretty big difference between Giroux and Brunner. I don’t know what you’re smoking if you legitimately would take Brunner over Giroux on any team, even with his contract, and you should stop commenting before you make yourself a completely illegitimate source of opinions on this website.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        I never said Brunner was better than Giroux. EVER. I said his contract makes more sense.Giroux is a great player, Brunner is well actually an unknown but we’ll leave it at OK for now. Sure I’d rather have Giroux on my team cap hit aside, but I’d much rather have Brunner’s contract.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        There’s a reason Giroux got 8 million dollars. I would take that cap hit and Giroux consistent 80+ points and leadership and make room for it on my team, instead of taking Brunner’s smaller contract and consistent 40-50 points along with streaky play.

        Also, I never said that you said Brunner was better than Giroux, contracts aside. I’m talking about the contracts and players together. Giroux>Brunner. Period. I don’t care what the contracts are. You’re losing the argument.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

        Let’s do some math. Based on your numbers, you’d be paying Giroux $100,000 per point vs$50,000 for Brunner. That’s not very cap friendly now, is it? You tell me.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

        So I suppose you’d want to build a team around someone like Damien Brunner as opposed to a Sidney Crosby, or Malkin, or Weber, or Ovi, or any star, because they make less. I’m sure you’d make a fine GM. Top players get top money. You may not know what that’s like because you’re a Devils fan and you don’t actually have any top players, but to build a strong team you have to have the best players. And to keep the best players you have to pay them. This isn’t my opinion, this is just a fact, so I’m not sure why you’re still here trying to defend yourself. You actually just said you’d take Brunner over Giroux. Enough said.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        In 03′, the Devils didn’t have a single player with more than 57 points. So would I rather have one Ovechkin or four Brunners? I’m not sure. And apparently you were born today, seeing as you don’t remember the Devils having Stevens, Niedermayer, Brodeur, Parise, Kovalchuk who were obviously bottom tier players.

      • lowenni - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        No, I remember them, although I was talking about their current roster. Know what all those players had in common? Money. Parise left New Jersey because of a huge contract. Kovalchuk was a star and had a huge contract. Niedermayer had numerous disputes with the Devils as they frequently tried to underpay them. He was awarded 7 million in one arbitration case. So don’t act like your team didn’t pay big money for top players the same way Philly does for Giroux. You would be paying millions of dollars for Kovalchuk right now if he hadn’t left. I’m done with this argument, I’ll let the thumbs down you’re receiving finish it off for me.

      • cmpuck - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Why are people talking about Brunner and the Devils..completely irrelevant. The post clearly (and only) said a nice goal Girouix scored last night… Which was pretty nice.

      • narfmoo12 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        How is this a real discussion? Who has that much time to troll about some schmuck on the Devils? I guess not having a job, family, or social life gives a Devils fan that much free time?

    • crispythirteen - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      But it wasn’t.

      It was Claude Giroux, and he single handedly won the game in the last minutes, got his 100th (and 99th) career goal – a game winning goal – and put the Flyers not only above .500, but into a playoff spot.

      Give the guy a little credit for his determination.

      • cheesesteak75 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:25 AM

        Playoffs? Easy now it’s a little early to talk about playoffs.

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      But if this was, say, Travis Zajac you’d be on he blabbering on about how it’s pure skill and determination that got that goal. Take the blinders off he had a great game and scored a great goal.

      • ruthlessandtoothless - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        here* not he

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Determination, yes. Skill, absolutely not. For any player to ever lace up a pair of skates, that’s not a skill goal. It’s a mix of determination and mostly luck.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Your best player left because you can’t fill half a stadium despite being a perennial playoff team with rings and a real nice history’. why can’t you just say ‘nice goal, it’s 2 points, not a season’. Like a normal, objective, non flyers fan or even flyers hater. It doesn’t make up for an average season based on his salary but it was a sweet goal and you’re clearly not a hockey fan if you don’t think that was a sick goal in a big game for a team treading water

    • thesublimeylimey - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      “I was practicing in a bunker down in Texas and this good old boy with a big hat stopped to watch. The first shot he saw me hit went in the hole. He said, “You got 50 bucks if you knock the next one in.” I holed the next one. Then he says, “You got $100 if you hole the next one.” In it went for three in a row. As he peeled off the bills he said, “Boy, I’ve never seen anyone so lucky in my life.” And I shot back, “Well, the harder I practice, the luckier I get.”

    • buysamadrink - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Had just as much chance to hit the peanut vendor in Row 8. Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds the net.

    • kastout11 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Your a moron. I am sure that he did not expect to score the goal, but I think it takes a certain level of skill to score that goal.

      • buysamadrink - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        “I am sure that he did not expect to score the goal…” Translation: More luck than skill.

        Please continue trying to defend your overrated captain.

  3. lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I didn’t really ever doubt GIroux was going to be a good captain. He shouldered the load and all the criticism for the Flyers when they were struggling, and he’s led them back this year. It reminds me of Ovi’s turnaround last season when he started off with only 2 goals in his first ten games. Giroux is a great player and has tremendous talent and qualities. It was frustrating reading all the comments with people bashing him saying he isn’t the player he used to be. The guy had just started the season! Goals like this prove that he’s back, and he’s one of the best players in the world. Perhaps I’m biased being an Ovi fan, because I feel for Flyers fans…just have a lot of respect for Giroux being able to shoulder all that criticism early this season and still being able to turn it around so well.

    • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Remember when he booked before the postgame? Great captain

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Sorry, which postgame are you talking about

      • ruthlessandtoothless - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Forgot to mention that he called a private players meeting before he let the media in the room and then went outside and addressed his owner one on one instead of talking to the media.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Nov. 7 when you lost to us 3-0 and there was a players only meeting which Giroux didn’t show up for because he left the arena and refused to talk postgame.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Ah, I see. First of all I’m a Caps fan so don’t address me as “you”, or a Philly fan. I just respect a great player, something you don’t seem to be able to do. The fact that he didn’t address an annoying squad of nosey media during what was probably an extremely emotional and troubling time for him and his career doesn’t really bother me. He’s led his team back into playoff contention, and that to me does show his characteristics as a great captain, alongside his scoring ability, two-way play, hard-work, and determination in general. If one postgame exit is the biggest fault you can find with his captaincy then you’re just proving me right.

        And your captain is Bryce Salvador, so I really don’t want to hear about it.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        I’ll challenge you to find a single time in history any Devils fan defended Salvador as our Captain. You won’t find it. We all hate him and see his contract and captaincy as one of the worst decisions Lou has ever made. But is there only allowed to be one bad captain in the league? Ovechkin isn’t a great captain, he only has the C because he’s the best player on the team. Same with Giroux. I never said this entire time he’s a bad player, and I never will assuming he keeps up his play the way it has been so far. But to tell me that goal was a product of his skill? You’ve got to be kidding me.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        Look, I play hockey, and I suck at it, and I promise you never in a million years no matter how much I practiced would I score that goal. If John Scott or any old hockey player could lift a backhander top shelf while falling to his knees, facing away from the goalie, with a defender on top of him, tell me why I don’t see more of these goals? And tell me why only the best players have “lucky” shots like that, which just happen to comprise some of the most amazing goals scored in history? You’ve got to have skill to make that shot, bud. Accept that.

        Also, you trying to compare Damien Brunner and Giroux earlier makes it sound like you don’t think he’s that great of a player, so you’re starting to contradict yourself (maybe all those thumbs down made you realize you aren’t right?)

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Marek Malik scored a Hertl once. Put him in the HOF now! Cam Janssen never seems to miss a shootout in practice but he never gets put in the real thing. Why? Because he’s not “clutch” like OV, Giroux, Stamkos, Crosby. Those guys can score goals like that IN A GAME because of that killer instinct, that separates them from guys like Damien Brunner. So 100% Giroux is a top player in the NHL. 100% Giroux has the determination to get off a quality shot there. But can he do it again? I doubt it.

      • lowenni - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Funny how I never once said he could do it again. I was never trying to glorify the goal and say “put Giroux in the HOF”. I never said it wasn’t luck either. All I really started off by saying was simply that there was skill involved in that goal. And thank you for making a great argument for me. Ov, Giroux, Stamkos, and Crosby (the players you listed) can all score those goals. Coincidence that they just happen to the most skilled players in the NHL? No. There’s luck involved in that goal, for sure. Giroux’s “determination” and “clutch ability” (the traits you listed) are part of a SKILLset. Of course it’s lucky that shot goes in. If you really think about it, every goal needs a little luck. But to even get that shot off requires tremendous skill. It’s literally impossible to shoot like that without skill. If you had simply said “he’ll never score that again” then you wouldn’t look like such a fool, but to say “that was pure luck there. Could have been John Scott there” shows you nothing about hockey skills or goal scoring.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        OK. This is gonna be my last comment for tonight because this argument is disturbing me from the LA-SJ game right now. Claude Giroux is a top 10-15 player in the league. He plays many parts of the game on an elite level which put him in that list. But shooting backwards from your knees is not a skill you’re gonna put on your “resume”. Why? Because it’s not a hockey play; it’s something that happens by pure determination and luck. Most players would not even try to shoot that and even if they would they would not be able to get a shot off, so I admire him for that. BUT, would most goalies with proper angling have stopped that? Probably. He was very lucky to have scored that and there can be no argument about it. SO, recap, Giroux is a great player who will score and set up many more great goals in the future, but this is one he will never repeat.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        I don’t understand why you feel the need to interject your Giroux hate after he just put the Flyers on his back and carried them to victory. The game winning goal was a magical display of skill that few in the world could replicate. Was there luck involved? Absolutely, but there’s luck involved on almost every goal scored. Ask any great player if luck plays a part in their production and they will assuredly tell you yes. But for you to even suggest that John Scott could put a falling backhand over the glove hand of a netminder, under the crossbar, to win a game is absurdly laughable and displays a true lack of hockey knowledge. Keep your Brunner and we’ll keep Giroux.

        Also your retelling of events from November are ridiculous. G called the players only meeting, he did not leave the arena. The disdain you clearly have for him apparently makes it impossible for you to convey any unbiased thoughts.

    • kyzslew77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      He is a great captain because he’s Canadian, duh. If his name were Girouxov or Girouxsson, the mouth breathers in the hockey world would have spent the first 6 weeks of the season tripping over themselves to talk about how he’s not fit to wear the C, and about how he’s so “enigmatic” for going through a goal slump.

  4. PhillySN - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Really glad I traded for him in fantasy for basically nothing

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Shades of the Malkin backhander in the ECF in 09. Different situation and setting, but the no-look back hand too cheese made me think of it all the same.

  6. hockeyfan28 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    There are only a handful of guys in the world who could shoot a backhand like that….he had to be hurt worse then he was letting on after his freak golf injury cause his hands and nose for the net are clearly back

  7. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    If this was crosby the hockey world would come to a complete stop and spin off its axes !

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM



      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        get a life d-bag

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM


        Not my fault you’re dumb…..



      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Your right “ya can’t fix stupid” just look at J Cutler,,, discount daaaabbbbble check ! HAHAHA

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Long live josh mccown!!!
        Jake Utler – sit ur a$$ down!!!

    • cheesesteak75 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      No need to bust his chops.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        Just havin fun with the chap

        “Ya can’t fix stupid”

  8. jbell33139 - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I also believe he was more hurt in that golf accident (if, indeed, that’s what it really was) than he/the team let on. The increased velocity and accuracy in his wrister is proof positive of that

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Flyers fan here- please stop w those lame excuses, do you know what flyers fans would say if pens fans cried about an injury like this to Crosby? Stop, just stop

      • flyerspsu - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:51 AM

        lol i dont think hes whining or even a flyers fan for that matter, but i dont know how you could classify significant surgery on your hand just before the season a lame excuse, you can see how much better his shot is than it was then, i think its safe to say it had some impact in his goaless drought to start the season

  9. cspsrbums - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Where are all the Flyer fans that where calling Giroux a bum a month ago, That’s funny how all that changes.So in a month when your ready to kick him to the curb again, let us know will take him in DC.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      We’re all still here….and we’re all going to do it again if he plays (as he admitted and said he would have been frustrated also) like crap again. Thing about Philadelphia is that athletes are treated like gold when they give 100% but are called out when they play like Robert Griffin did down in Washington. How’s it feel to give up the number 2 draft pick to St. Louis this year in a draft FULL OF REAL QB’S?

    • macgrubie - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Dude, you’re a caps fan… no room to talk. I was living in DC when they were blowing up regular seasons and all the skins fans were breaking their necks jumping on that wagon.

  10. jimw81 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    nice way to score your 100th career nhl goal.

  11. Hockeyfan - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Lucky goal. That’s all that was. Determination? Yes, but mostly lucky. This goal, Giroux’s play in no way puts him in the elite category or one of the top 10-15 players in the league and simply never may never earn that distinction. We can all name 10-15 elite players. Let’s start with other captains Crosby, Ovi, Toews, Charra and then there is Alfredsson, Malkin, Jagr, Datsyuk……to start……..

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      You’re seriously gonna put aging players like Alfie and Jagr ahead of Giroux?? That takes away all credibility. You know elite players do go through slumps and you need look no further than the second name you listed: Ovechkin. People were saying he was done, washed up. Look how he’s bounced back. Giroux struggled to start the season but is finally back to looking like the player we all expect him to be.

  12. flyersphaithful48 - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    You’re telling me alfie is a better player than giroux? Laughable. He was a solid consistent player by no means is he a better player than giroux at this point.

  13. csilojohnson - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    They both suck. Get over it.

    • thesublimeylimey - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Oh totally, you’re a far better player that both of them.

      And who says sarcasm is the lowest form of wit?

    • thesublimeylimey - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Oh totally, you’re a far better player than both of them.

      And who says sarcasm is the lowest form of wit?

  14. joey4id - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    If Rinaldo or Rosehill would have scored that goal, then you could say it was all luck. Guys like Giroux, Kane, Stamkos Ovi etc… know where the net is at all times and will shoot to hit the corners. Sure there was a bit of luck, but once the puck was on his stick it was all talent to shoot for the top corner short side on the backhand no less with his back to the net and going strictly on instinct, which BTW, all the top notch players have. Wow! It takes a special player to even choose to shoot on net in that circumstance. Bravao! Claude! Thanks for the entertainment.

  15. kastout11 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    It was a great goal. Lets leave it at that. Whether it was luck or only the top players in the world could score that goal, it doesn’t matter. Bottom line is he is a great player and scored the goal.

  16. flyerguy73 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Anyone else think “devilsaresuckass” is a complete moron? I do, I do! Go somewhere else and spout off the incompetent bull that is coming out of your mouth.

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