We have a late candidate in the Hart Trophy race.
Claude Giroux extended his point streak to four games Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators, notching a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 5-3 victory.
It was the second consecutive multi-point effort from the captain, who has been held off the scoresheet just once in the past nine games.
The 30-year-old is playing some of the best hockey of his career and showcased some dazzling skill in the third period of Saturday’s game.
Giroux took a pass from Brandon Manning behind the Ottawa defense and undressed goaltender Craig Anderson with a sensational move for his 22nd goal of the season.
“I saw I had a lot of time so I thought I’d have time to make an extra move,” said Giroux. “He’s a good goalie so I tried to fake him out.
“I don’t think I’ve ever tried that move before, it just kind of happened.”
Giroux’s 16 points in his last nine games have helped the Flyers gain a point in 11 straight games — improving to 25-8-3 in their last 36 games since a 10-game losing streak.
Giroux was selected to showcase his talent at the 2018 NHL All-Star game, with his latest goal serving as a friendly reminder he’s still one of the best.