The rumblings on the internet began on Monday as video of Giroux practicing in a no contact jersey made its way around the web. Then the next day he was seen practicing again, not just out there skating around and chatting with his teammates, but skating very hard and ripping slap shots. He was allowed to resume contact in practice and cleared to play as soon as Wednesday in Dallas. Suddenly an injury that potentially had Sidney Crosby repercussions, seemed to be just a bump in the road.
Dallas jumped on Philadelphia with a Michael Ryder goal just 56 seconds into the contest. A sloppy turnover and defensive effort led to the goal. That sloppiness would continue until Giroux tipped in his 17th goal of the season after Stars goaltender Richard Bachman gave up a rebound from a Jagr shot. Just three minutes later Giroux would be involved in another scoring play as he got the secondary assist on Wayne Simmonds 10th goal of the season. After coming out sloppy for the second straight game, the infusion of Giroux into the lineup gave the Flyers a boost they desperately needed.
The two points were signed, sealed, and delivered after Jagr split in between two defenders and Giroux fired one of his trademark passes to him for one of the easiest goals Jaromir has ever had. It was pure poetry in motion. In the 3rd period Giroux’s passing display was on again. With three Stars surrounding him, number 28 passed the puck to the open area parallel to him where Andres Meszaros was waiting. In his best impression of a forward Meszaros slammed the biscuit past Bachman. Four goals for the Flyers, four points for Claude, coincidence? Absolutely not.
Remember this was supposed to be the team that won every game 2-1, 1-0, or 3-2 in a shootout due to the defense and goal tending of Ilya Bryzgalov. This was not supposed to be the team that led the league in goals. Yet Giroux has single handily made this team an offensive threat that it never could have been with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. If an injury was to keep him away from the ice this is just a good hockey team that will be staring at a second round exit from the playoffs at best. With number 28 in the lineup, the possibility of three trophies including Lord Stanley could be within reach come June.
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