Just how they Giroux it up!by Eric Schwartz
Oh how one goal can change everything. That’s all any Flyers fan could think about entering overtime of Game 3.
If the Flyers get that goal, they are right back in the series.
If the Blackhawks find the back of the net, the series would be all but over. The Blackhawks aren’t the Bruins. A 3-0 would not have been overcome.
And then Claude Giroux scored on a deflection of Matt Carle’s pass 5:59 into the extra session and erased any doubts about a 3-0 hole and replaced it with the realization that the Flyers are right back in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game 4 awaits on Thursday right back in Philadelphia. If the Flyers hold serve, we are looking at a tied series and pandemonium in the city.
Giroux wasn’t the lone hero on the night. Scott Harntell, who has been beaten up by fans — including us — and media all season, had an outstanding game scoring a goal and assisting on another on a smooth no-look backhand goal. He has been a real force during the postseason.
Daniel Briere continued to be “Mr. Playoff” with a goal and Ville Leino continued to show why he should have been on the ice all season with another goal.
As was the case of the first two games, this one had fans on the edge of their seats the whole team. It was the third one-goal outcome in as many games. Any more of this and the local hospitals better load up on extra beds because the heart can only take so much.
Three more wins Flyers fans. Three more wins.