Claude Giroux skates through Colorodo defense

In addition to the breakout season for right wing Jakub Voracek, who is on pace for career highs in goals, assists and total points this season, the steady play of Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been a welcome site for Flyers fans who have otherwise been treated to a lackluster first half of the 2014-15 NHL season. The team currently sits 13th in the Eastern Conference with 35 points, putting them nearly 10 points out of a wild card playoff spot.

At 26-years-old, Giroux is poised to reach the 80-point plateau for the third time in his career, and quite plausible post 90+ points for the second time. His on-ice presence shows why he is the future of this club and a building block for future success.

Giroux’s keen hockey sense was on display yesterday when the Flyers visited the Colorado Avalanche. In the finishing seconds of a Flyers power play midway through the third period, with the score tied at two apiece, Giroux picks up a drop pass at center ice and proceeds to enter the zone and blow right through Colorado’s penalty kill to put a wrister far side on Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the power play tally.

Colorado’s penalty kill is currently ranked ninth in the league with an 84.2 success rate, but Giroux made them look flat-footed and just plain disorganized. The goal put the Flyers up 3-2, but Colorado eventually tied the game and ended up taking home two points with an overtime win.

Check out video of Giroux’s goal below.

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