Flyers Lock Up Playoff Spot; Beat Panthers
The Flyers are in the playoffs.
After a dismal start to the season, the firing of coach and the questioning of their captain's mettle, the Flyers locked up a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.
Claude Giroux, the captain in question, scored two goals in a span of two minutes, 21 seconds in the second period. He now has 27 goals on the season and is fourth in the NHL with 81 points.
Giroux's second goal was the decider in the game. It was fitting for Giroux, who didn't score in his first 15 games of the season.
Since then, he has found the net 27 times, and the Flyers are 20-2-1 in games which Giroux lights up the lamp. Giroux has also found his name in the discussion for the Hart Memorial Trophy.
Vincent Lecavalier, who battled injury much of the season, scored his 20th on the season. It gave the Flyers seven goal scorers on the season, making them the only team in the NHL, and the first time in franchise history since the 1989-90 season.