So no one can accuse us of anti-Flyers bias…
I have to post this inconceivable Giroux goal from last night. It made SportCenter’s Top 10 plays – and not SportsCentre (say it like you’re French) that you Canadians have up north with your Cabbie and your highlights. I’m talking about American SportsCenter where hockey might as well be knitting for all the coverage it ever gets.
Holy Hannah, that is a goal and a half. He should get extra points – and not just for being ginger. Giroux’s Hail Mary was the game-winner, scored with under 2 minutes left to cap a 5-goal third period comeback for the Flyers in which Claude had 4 points (2G, 2A).
WHEW. Did I mention it was the 100th goal of his career? He did more in 20 minutes than I do in week.
Here’s G post-game [video], telling press he hadn’t seen the goal and didn’t know what happened. I imagine the Blue Jackets were across the hall saying the same damned thing (then burning the video).
The Flyers currently rank 22 in Goals For, with 85 total on the season. Of those, they’ve scored 29 goals in December (9 games), making this month’s average 3.2 goals-for per game. That’s up from 1.8 GF/G in October and 2.5 in November. For a team that’s had 16 one-goal contests this season (8W, 8L) a consistent increase in average scoring could translate to a lot of points. Philly has climbed to 8th in the East and would have a playoff spot as of today.
My point? Maybe nothing. Recreational stats math. Or the Flyers are probably coming for us because that’s my nightmare.
Tags: claude giroux, philadelphia flyers, scott hartnell