When Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored a power-play marker in the first period against the Coyotes on Saturday afternoon, he didn’t just give the Flyers a 2-1 lead, he earned his 500th career point.
Giroux’s goal helped him reach the 500-point milestone in only 564 career games. Giroux is the fourth member of his draft class to reach the 500-point mark, along with Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel. Giroux is the tenth fastest Philadelphia Flyer to hit the 500-point mark.
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Giroux is considered one of the elite players in the National Hockey League. However, he is still quite underrated. An interesting stat that often gets overlooked is that no one in the National Hockey League has scored more points than Giroux (426) since the 2010-2011 season. That includes players like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos and spans the past 5+ campaigns.
Giroux, now in the eighth season of his NHL career, has 161 goals and 339 assists. He has also been a strong playoff performer, with 61 points in 57 career playoff games, including 23 goals and 38 assists.
Giroux has come a long way from having former Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke forget his name as the Flyers announced their selection with the 22nd pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Now he is the captain of the Flyers and one of the best playmakers and all-around forwards in the game.
Through 58 games this season, Giroux has 17 goals and 33 assists for a total of 50 points; he leads the Flyers in points. Today’s power-play goal was his first goal since scoring two against the Predators on Feb. 4. Giroux had missed the past few games with an upper-body injury but didn’t waste much time getting back in the swing of things in a crucial 4-2 win against Arizona Saturday afternoon.
The Flyers next face Calgary on Monday night. They currently sit one point behind Pittsburgh for the second Eastern Conference wild card spot with 67 points.
Interestingly, Mark Streit’s assist on Giroux’s goal was the 400th point of Streit’s career. He is now the only Swiss-born player with 400 NHL points.
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