Claude Giroux has emerged not only as the offensive catalyst for the Philadelphia Flyers, but he has also become the club's unquestioned leader.
He led the Flyers to a 5-1 victory in Game 6 and a first-round series win over Pittsburgh with an excellent shift to start the contest. Giroux leveled Sidney Crosby with a hit and then scored his sixth marker of the playoffs just 32 seconds into the match to set the tone and energize his bench. "He made sure the Flyers moved onto the second round," coach Peter Laviolette said. "Along with every other guy in that locker room. But it does have to be led somewhere. When your best player makes a statement like that, that's exactly what you need." The 24-year-old center posted 14 points in six games against the Penguins and he finished the regular season with 93 points in 77 contests. Philadelphia hasn't named a new captain yet, with Chris Pronger still battling a concussion, but there's no doubt that it won't be long before Giroux is wearing the "C" for the organization.