As RMNB’s resident Claude Giroux fanboy, I’m obligated to tell you about his latest and perhaps prettiest ever goal.
If you’re the kind of person who watches highlights, I’m sure you’ll soon see this one in a compilation. If you’re Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh, I’m sure you’ll see this goal in your nightmares.
In the second period, Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who I’m astonished still plays in this league, set Giroux loose at center ice. From there, it was Claude’s show.
Anton Stralman, Brayden Point, and Ryan McDonagh were all rendered moot in a single, seamless move. Giroux moved the puck between his legs to avoid Stralman and Point while also lifting McDonagh’s stick. Now with space, Giroux stretched backhand across the crease. Andrei Vasilevskiy bit, so Giroux was free to tuck the puck in glove-side.
That was a lot of words. Just watch the thing. It’s poetry.
The Flyers lost the game in overtime. Giroux has 13 goals this season, trailing Stanley Cup Champion Alex Chiasson by three. As a team, the Philadelphia Flyers sit seventh in the division and smell like burning trash. But at least this goal was pretty.
Headline photo: Scott Audette
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