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Video: Claude Giroux’s goal of the year caps crazy Flyers’ comeback win over Blue Jackets

Dec 19, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

Claude Giroux

Well, for your sake, I certainly hope you didn’t change the channel or leave the Wells Fargo Center after the second period of Thursday night’s Flyers game. If you did, you’re probably feeling pretty salty right about now because you missed the rest of a game we’re going to be talking about for a while.

The Flyers scored five third period goals – the last three of which came in the final 4 minutes and 39 seconds of regulation – to stun the Blue Jackets and skate away with an improbable 5-4 victory to extend their home winning streak to eight games

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Down 3-0 after two lackluster periods, the Flyers got goals from Jake Voracek and Braydon Coburn early in the third to get within one at 3-2. But things looked bleak when the Blue Jackets’ Blake Comeau scored just over 10 minutes left in the period to give his team a 4-2 lead.

But an Erik Gustaffson goal with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left got the Orange and Black back within a goal at 4-3.

That’s when the Claude Giroux show started.

His diving poke of a rebound off a Voracek shot to things up with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left was pretty sweet but the capper was Giroux’s ridiculous, no-look backhander from a near-impossible angle that finally gave the Flyers the lead and put them on top for good.

Sick.  Just sick. I can’t think of any other adjective to describe it. That’s going near the top of an already lengthy career-highlight list for the captain.

Not a bad way to score your 100th career goal, eh?

Seriously, that’s one of the most unreal goals you’ll ever see. While being harassed by the Columbus defenseman, Giroux was somehow able gain possession of the puck and have the strength to lift the puck top-shelf where momma hides all the Christmas presents and over the glove of Columbus netminder Curtis McElhinney for the goal.

It’s ok, Curtis. You never had a chance anyway.

The question now is could this be the start of the Giroux scoring tear Flyer fans have been waiting for? The next few games will be telling.

What’s for certain is that these two division foes will meet again Saturday evening in Columbus. Let’s just say I’m looking a whole lot more forward to that one now than I was earlier on Thursday.

  1. Marvin Monroe - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I’ve always said the best Philadelphia sports games are when the team plays horrible and you get to boo, curse and scream for 55 minutes. And then the Philly team plays great for the final 5 and wins the game. This might have been the best Philly game ever.

    I still have no idea how Giroux scored that goal. I doubt he knows either.

    • t800m101 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      “This might have been the best Philly game ever.”

      Hahahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAH!


      • Tony Bruno - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        T800, maybe you should head to Bed Bath and Beyond. Find yourself a nice tray. Maybe even a nice fancy salver. Because you always bring a lot to the table!

        Insight like yours should not be served in Gladware or even Tupperware. When you bring these well formed, well developed, and well thought out insights, you should serve them on a nice fancy tray.

        Now let’s get back to the Hockey ACTION! Tell em about the discount, Harry.

      • t800m101 - Dec 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Tony, maybe you should do us all a favor. Go to your local store, buy some insecticide and consume it. You’d be doing yourself, and more importantly, humanity a huge favor.

  2. rockstonic - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I agree the goal was sick, but blindly throwing a back hander on net and scoring is nothing but luck, I’m sure Giroux would even admit that. That’s far from goal of the year.

    • galasso2586 - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      I disagree. While there is a lot of luck to that goal, the importance of it can’t be overlooked. 1. It’s a type of goal you don’t see every day. 2. It completed the comeback to take the lead. 3. It put the Flyers over .500 for the FIRST TIME ALL SEASON.

      I could have more reasons, but it’s still too early in the season to talk about playoffs spots and what not. It’s the goal of the year so far.

      • Lol - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        4. 100th goal in Claude’s NHL career.

      • erzug - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        I like the fact that they are taking shots from near impossible angles. Didn’t they score a goal last week from the goal line?

    • Clash - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Yes there was a certain amount of luck to it, but Savard had Giroux right where he wanted him (back to the goal at a near impossible angle). For Claude to force the puck to his right and flip a backhander up and over McElhinney, yet stay under the crossbar, he had to have put himself in the right position with the right forsight of what’s behind him to do that. If that was pretty much anyone else on this team, that puck would’ve either stayed low and into McElhinney’s pads or been poked away and into the corner.

    • johndewar - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Yes, you’re right, we should not enjoy this.

      We should totally worship spreadsheets and extol the virtues of CORSI and talk about puck possession.

      Do you just go around and tell kids that there is no Santa?

    • Marvin Monroe - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Go head over to Modell’s, buy a stick and a puck. Find a playground. Let me know how long it takes you before you can pull off this “lucky” shot.

  3. psudrozz - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    voracek was the hand of God in the third period.

    • Clash - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      He needed to be because he was the goat in the first two periods.

  4. DaBag - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    That was a Bobby Clarke goal.

    • Clash - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Quote of the Day

      Coach Craig Berube on Claude Giroux’s game-winning goal: “Certain guys can do that. I’m not one of them.”


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