Highlights of Claude's Career
From The Orange Line: Claude's Top 10 Goals
May 17, 2015
Team Canada wins it's first gold medal since 2007 after beating Russia 6-1 in Prague on May 17, 2015.
Canada went undefeated in the tournament, putting up a whopping 66 goals scored and only giving up 15. Claude had 3 goals and 7 assists in the tournament.
He and his Flyer teammates Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier bring home the gold for their country.
December 19, 2013
Giroux netted his 100th career goal in dramatic fashion, scoring with under two minutes to go to give his team a 5-4 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Giroux finished with two goals and two assists on the night, as the Flyers overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period.
The game-winner was a thing of beauty:
April 22, 2012
Now known simply as "The Shift" Giroux's hit on Sidney Crosby and subsequent goal on the first shift of game 6 of the eastern conference quarter finals will forever go down as one of the gutsiest plays in Flyers history.
CSN's John Gonzalez put it best:
Before Game 6, before the Flyers went out and stomped the Penguins to advance to the semifinals, Giroux went up to Peter Laviolette. What the player said to the coach was closer to a directive than a request. That was more than fine with Laviolette – it was welcomed. According to Laviolette, Giroux went up to him and said, “I don’t know who you’re planning on starting tonight, but I want that first shift.”
“He was so adamant about wanting that first shift,” Laviolette continued. “Line matchups didn’t matter at that point. He wanted to get out on the ice. He wanted to make a statement. I think it speaks to Claude. You see the skill, but sometimes you don’t know that, you don’t hear that, you don’t get that feel for him. Or maybe you do. But we do and I do. For him to come up and say that before the game, I think it speaks volumes about him – as who he is, not only as a player and his skill, but who he is as a person.”
Laviolette said Giroux made a statement with that first shift. Indeed he did. Giroux hit Crosby, made room for himself, and then deposited the puck into the net just 32 seconds into the contest. The Penguins never had a chance after that.
April 13, 2012
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, after a quiet performance in their Game 1 victory, Giroux made a huge statement: Six points, a new Flyers franchise playoff record, in the Flyers' emphatic 8-5 victory to take a 2-0 series lead.
Giroux had a hat trick, including a short-hander from a Sidney Crosby turnover, andan empty netter. He played 22:28 and finished with a plus-4, but more importantly, The Flyers took the high-scoring series with the Penguins 4 games to 2.
June 2, 2010
After a stellar season and an even more miraculous playoff run that included a historic 3-0 series comeback against the Boston Bruins, Giroux and the Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. Despite losing the first 2 games to the Chicago Blackhawks, Giroux and the Flyers came into game 3 with a must-win mentality.
With the game tied 2-2, Patrick Kane scored with 17:10 remaining in regulation to give the Blackhawks their first lead of the night. But Ville Leino responded with the tying goal 20 seconds later. In overtime, shortly after a review determined that a shot by Simone Gagne was not a goal, the then-future captain Claude Giroux scored the game-winner at 5:59 of the extra period in front of the sold out Philadelphia crowd.
It was a launching point in Claude's career and after the victory he said, "It's probably the biggest goal of my career. I'm happy I was able to do that."
Giroux made his NHL debut on February 19, 2008, recording no points and being the team's first shooter in the shootout against the Ottawa Senators. Sent back down to the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he helped the club win the QMJHL Playoffs and earned himself the Guy Lafleur Trophy as MVP in the playoffs.
Claude scored 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) in 19 playoff games, setting a Gatineau Olympiques franchise record.