Claude Giroux has his first points on a team that isn’t the Flyers and I’m managing.
Today, Giroux made his debut for the Florida Panthers, his second team in 15 NHL seasons. Immediately he was making a difference. The Montreal Canadiens, the Panthers’ opponents this evening, thought they could grab control of the game with a goal just 29 seconds in but Florida didn’t give them the chance.
Giroux teamed up with Robert Hagg, another ex-Flyer, and they helped captain Aleksander Barkov scored at the 36-second mark.
Not even 10 seconds into his career as a Panther and he’s got a point. That’s Giroux for you. He wasn’t done there either.
By the start of the third period, the Panthers were holding a one-goal lead, 3-2. On a power play almost halfway into the period, Giroux picked up his second point of the night with an assist on Sam Reinhart‘s goal. You don’t even see him touch the puck in this replay but eh, a point is a point.
Montreal would add one more to their lead but the Cats pulled this one out with a 4-3 W. Giroux earned the second star of the game and he became the 5th Panther in the past 10 years to have a multi-assist night in their debut. He deserved a solid win like this in his first game post-trade. As much as I hate seeing him moved, I love that he already is killing it. He deserves to absolutely kick-ass after the last few years he’s had to endure. The Panthers move on to play the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night and I hope he gets a goal in this one, he deserves it.
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