It's that time again, as Flyerdelphia picks this week's Player and Play of the Week.
Our Player of the Week is Claude Giroux. While Jake Voracek has been on a roll since the start of the season, Giroux has consistenly put up points himself.
He carried a five-game points streak into Wednesday's shutout loss to the Rangers, but picked right back up on Thursday with a goal in a loss to Minnesota and added two assists in Saturday's win over Columbus. In his last eight games, Giroux has 11 points.
Our Play of the Week also goes to Giroux, whose game-tying goal gave the Flyers a chance at a win on Thursday night. The captain receives a great pass from Brayden Schenn and fires a shot past Darcy Kuemper to even the score on a power-play goal with 3:30 remaining in the third. Unfortunately, a goal in the final minute gave the Wild a win.
To be a goalie in the NHL, you have to be a different breed of person. A job where you are asked to stop ninety mile an hour shots streaming at you from every angle. Some nights, you can have razor sharp focus and can seemingly stop a golf ball. However on those bad nights, with a bad bounce, bad defense, or if you’re just not on your game, that same goalie seemingly can’t stop a beach ball.
On those bad nights where nothing seems to be going right for the goalie, the coach will normally elect to go ahead and make a goalie change. Maybe it is to shake things up, wake the team up to their poor play, or simply just get the guy the heck out of there for it isn’t his night.
On this night in Washington D.C, Flyer goaltender Rick St. Croix had a bad night. A really bad night. A historically bad night - and no change was made. With that, he set the team record for the most goals let up by a Flyer goalie in a single game.
Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn scored. . Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each added two assists a piece. Steve Mason wasn't extremely busy but made some ten bell saves when called upon and the Philadelphia FLyers ended their four game losing streak with 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Philadelphia.