Flyers Win in OT on Giroux's Laser
Claude Giroux wasn't even aiming when he took the final shot of the game.
With the clock winding down in overtime, Giroux fired a wrister over the glove of Antti Raanta, avoiding the shootout for the Flyers as they went on to win 3-2 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Giroux wasn't aware of how much time was left on the clock, but with the seconds ticking away he knew he had to rush a shot.
"I knew there wasn’t a lot of time, so I was just trying to shoot as hard as I can to the net and didn’t really aim, to be honest," Giroux told reporters after the game. "I just shot it on net."
The goal was Giroux's 24th on the season. Coupled with an assist in the first period, Giroux now has 71 points, putting him in fourth in the NHL.
The goal extended the Flyers winning streak to three. They are winners of 10 of their last 13, and with 79 points in the standings, the win kept them in second place.
The goal also was a relief for the Flyers, who hit five posts in the game, including three in the third period. They went 0-for-5 on the power play because of it, but despite hitting the posts, the Flyers fed off the energy in the third.
“We did a lot of good things," Giroux said. "We did a lot of traffic in front of the goalie, and like you said we hit a lot of posts, but when you hit a post you kind of get momentum a little bit. We kind of got it from there.”
Giroux has been incredibly hot in the 2014 leg of the season. He has 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in 27 games since January 4, and the Flyers are now 18-1-2 on the season when Giroux scores a goal.
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead early int he first period on Andrew Shaw's 17th of the season. Nearly a minute and a half later, Duncan Keith made it 2-0.
A pair of Scott Hartnell goals, numbers 17 and 18 on the season, tied the game up for the Flyers in the period. The goals energized the Flyers, who out-played Chicago for much of the remaining two periods.
Hartnell's first goal was ugly, deflecting past Raanta to cut the lead in half. His second came off a nice play from Matt Read and Giroux.
"G can make those passes and I was able to get a good shot off of it and in the net," Hartnell said. "After the poor start I think every line started generating some chances and we came up with the two points and a big win."
After coughing up two quick goals, Ray Emery stopped 23 shots in the win.