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Claude Giroux is carrying the Philadelphia Flyers to victories down the stretch

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The Flyers are in the midst of one of their best stretches of hockey this season.

After beginning the year 1-7 the Flyers have gone 7-1-0 over their last eight games to push themselves to 33-24-6 with 72 points and into second place in the Metropolitan Division. A lot of their success can be attributed to their captain, Claude Giroux.

Giroux posted two goals and one assist with five shots on goal in the Flyers’ 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. It was the second consecutive game the 26-year-old has posted two goals, one assist and five shots on goal.

If anyone needs anymore proof that the Flyers are only going to be as good as their captain, they should take a look at the recent stretch. Giroux has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in the last 11 games while the Flyers as a team are 8-3-0 in that span. With a two-goal performance on Sunday and again on Wednesday, he has scored two goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his career both in victories over a divisional opponent.

It is beginning to wear off on his line-mate as Jakub Voracek has scored three goals and dished out two assists for five points in his last two games. Other people are taking notice of the solid play by Giroux and, subsequently, Voracek.

“They’re attacking,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube said of Giroux and Voracek. “They’re skating with speed and making plays; they’re working hard, working down low hard, cycling the puck, competing, power play. They’re doing a good job.”

The Flyers are certainly happy Giroux is clicking on all cylinders and the Eastern Conference is definitely keeping an eye on the Flyers as they are beginning to get hot at the right time.