There have not been many bright spots to the season the Flyers have played so far. Sure, you can look at the emergence of Wade Allison, or maybe even Joel Farabee slaying the sophomore slump (for the most part). However, one of the top players on the roster all year long has been their captain, Claude Giroux.
Giroux never will be the high-powered goal scorer that fans want him to be. However, each night, you notice him playing with intensity. He’s constantly one of the only ones forechecking. Giroux is consistently a leader on the ice, and it’s very likely that he also is in the locker room.
In a Sunday night game, the captain combated those accusations. G made another bit of history this season, further solidifying his case for an all-time great in franchise history.
Flyers History in the Making
Claude Giroux Continuing to Shine
Claude Giroux has continued to make Flyers’ history this season. Back on February 27th, the Flyers faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-0 Philadelphia victory. This was Giroux’s 904th career game, moving one ahead of Bill Barber and into second place on the team list led by Bobby Clarke (1,144 games).
Giroux is now up to 933 games, where he’s recorded 850 career points. To make up those points, he’s potted 268 goals and 580 assists heading into Sunday night’s game. He currently sits 9th in team history in goals, (22 behind Eric Lindros) and 2nd in assists (272 behind Bobby Clarke). Most notably though, he recorded a point after scoring a goal to pull the Flyers within one to give him 849 total points. Very soon after, Giroux scored another goal to take sole possession of third place all-time in Flyers’ points with 850.
With this point, Giroux moved into a tie with Brian Propp for third place all-time in points in Flyers team history (849). He still trails Bill Barber (883 points) by 34 points for second place on the Flyers’ history list. It’s very likely that he’ll pass Barber next season. However, first place in team history is held by Bobby Clarke as well (1210), which will be tough to catch at this point in Giroux’s career.
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