Giroux rallies Flyers past Columbus, 5-4
By DAN GELSTON
the associated press | December 20,2013
PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux’s backhanded, blind, stumbling swing at the puck was only supposed to knock it close to the net.
It turned into his 100th career NHL goal — and No. 1 on his highlight reel.
Giroux scored the tying and winning goals 2:08 apart late in the third period, rallying the Philadelphia Flyers past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Thursday night. He scored two of the Flyers’ five third-period goals and tallied four points as Philadelphia stormed back from a 3-0 hole.
“Sometimes, you don’t get the bounces,” Giroux said, “but we got them this time.”
Giroux landed the biggest one, a no-look attempt from below the circle that got just enough elevation to beat Curtis McElhinney up high with 1:39 left.
“I don’t know what happened. Just trying to get it on net,” Giroux said. “It was in the air, end of the shift so I was a little tired.
“Most of our goals are just shot on net and then go for rebounds. I think we did a good job of getting to the net and getting those rebounds.”
The Flyers captain had tied it with 4:39 left.
Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn, Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers.
Steve Mason got the win in his first game against his former team. The Blue Jackets traded Mason to the Flyers, and his strong season has helped keep Philadelphia afloat through its offensive struggles.
“Made this night pretty special,” Mason said. “It’s a difficult game for a goaltender to be a part of something like that, with the goals going in. But there’s nights like these that come along every so often where your team bails you out.”
Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille, Nick Foligno and Blake Comeau had goals for Columbus.
Giroux had no view of the net when he beat McElhinney for the stunning goal. Giroux is starting to come around after a lengthy drought to open the season. He is on a five-game scoring streak, with four goals and 10 points in that stretch.
He has helped push the Flyers into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
“It’s always nice when you can look at it and see your team is in the playoffs,” coach Craig Berube said.
The Flyers snapped their scoreless skid and started their rally with a pair of quick goals to open the third.