Feb 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Claude Giroux (28) jumps the boards to start a shift against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Flyers 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Claude Giroux Takes Control of the Philadelphia Flyers

Saturday’s embarrassing loss by the hands of the Montreal Canadiens seemed to be the last straw for the Philadelphia Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux. After the game Giroux called out his team saying “It’s just frustrating to see. I know it has to be better. On a team there are 20 guys, and we need everyone to show up”.

Claude then put his words into action in yesterday’s game against the New York Islanders scoring in the first 26 seconds of the game. The game would end with a 7-0 blowout win for the Flyers, with Giroux getting 2 goals and 1 assist and Danny Briere getting the same. Danny definitely thought their captain had a hand in how they played, saying “I think everybody took it personally, obviously, and that was the goal. But once again it’s the way he takes care of it himself to start the game and you have no choice but to follow suit”.

Giroux and Briere weren’t the only two to have a great game, Jakub Voracek had 4 assists, Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, Matt Read had a goal and 2 assists, Zac Rinaldo had a goal set up beautifully by Harry Zolnierczyk and Luke Schenn, and of course we can’t forget Ilya Bryzgalov who got his first shut-out of the season.

With this huge win under their belt it will be interesting to see what happens in Wednesday night’s rivalry game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Will the Flyers be able to step it up against and adversary as good as the Penguins? Will Captain Claude keep leading his team to victories? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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