The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-4, on Thursday night. The box score reads that they scored five goals in the third period to rally for the win, and that captain Claude Giroux scored the final two goals to complete the comeback.
But his ninth goal of the season, the game-winner at 18:22 of the third? It has to be seen to be believed:
This goal of the year candidate by Giroux is remarkable on several fronts. There was the spin move to get deeper into the attacking zone and track the puck. There was the way he controlled the puck while wearing David Savard as a coat. Savard shoved him, and Giroux lost his balance; yet he had the wherewithal to put the puck on his backhand, take a stride and fire it on net.
Not only did he fire it, he fired it perfectly: a rocket over the glove of Curtis McElhinney, who flashed the leather high but couldn’t catch up with it.
What a shot.
Obviously it was exactly what Giroux planned, right?
“I was just trying to get it on net,” he said after the game. “I was at the end of a shift, pretty tired. Just trying to get it on net.”
The goal completed a 4-point night for Giroux in leading the 5-goal rally. Few players are hotter right now: 10 points (4-6-10) in his last five games.
And one of those goals we’ll not soon forget.