Claude Giroux’s bounce-back season just keeps getting better.
The Flyers’ captain, who turned 30 in January, is having a career year and has played himself into the Hart Trophy conversation.
The first-line center extended his point streak to seven games in Monday’s loss to Vegas, recording a goal and an assist. With 12 games remaining, Giroux is on pace to set career highs in goals, assists and points. He picked up his 82nd point Monday, meaning he’ll at least finish 2017-18 as a point-per-game player.
He continues to find ways to produce during a tough stretch for Philadelphia and is just three goals shy of tying his previous career high (25).
There were many who doubted the veteran center after his production took a major dip in 2016-17. Giroux managed just 14 goals, 58 points and a minus-15 rating in 82 games as the Flyers failed to qualify for the postseason for the third time in five years.
Giroux is back to being one of the NHL’s elite and currently sits fourth in the league scoring race.
The Hearst native is doing something special this season and is now just three points away from passing Eric Lindros (659) on the team’s all-time point list. With the Eagles releasing TE Brent Celek today, Giroux is also now the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia.
A special season for a special player.