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Giroux wins shootout for Flyers by undressing Halak with incredible move

Claude Giroux had his 10-game point streak snapped by the New York Islanders, but he was still the deciding factor in a 3-2 shootout victory for the Philadelphia Flyers.
via NHL

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Though wins haven’t been consistent for the Philadelphia Flyers through the early part of the campaign, the contributions from captain Claude Giroux certainly have been.

After failing to score in the season opener, Giroux entered the Flyers’ 12th game of the season riding a 10-game point streak, over which time he notched two goals and 13 points. However, for the first time since the middle of November, Giroux was shut down during regulation and through overtime during Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders. But just because Giroux didn’t find the back of the net during the regular run of play didn’t mean his impact on the game was minimal. In fact, he was the one who decided the game.

The Flyers and Islanders were locked in a 2-2 tie through regulation and overtime, which set up a shootout, and, in the second round of the breakaway competition, Giroux put a deke on New York netminder Jaroslav Halak that would have broken the mind of your average goaltender:

To call that one deke might be an understatement, actually, because there are several different moves that make for one jaw-dropping goal. There’s the change in speed, leg kick, second shot fake, move to the backhand and then the hard forehand shift that has Giroux slipping the puck into an empty net.

Giroux’s early season performance is incredibly exciting for those in Philadelphia as it looks like the 28-year-old has rediscovered the form that made him one of the league’s very best scorers over a three-year period from 2012-13 to 2014-15. During that three-season stretch, only Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin had more points than Giroux, who had 66 goals and 207 points. This past season, however, Giroux had his worst full-season point total since 2009-10 campaign. 

His pace this season has Giroux staring down yet another potential 90-point campaign, though, and that would be a wonderful sight for the Flyers and their faithful.

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