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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
Perhaps the best compliments come not from your allies, but from your enemies. Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux can surely attest to that.
“He’s the best player on the ice, but I don’t think we we’re surprised by that,” Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said after falling four games to two in their opening round against the Flyers.
Best player on the ice, not “best Flyer on the ice.” Best player on the ice. But better than Evgeni Malkin, the presumptive league MVP? Or Sidney Crosby, league poster boy and consensus favorite in all “best player in the NHL” debates?
“Claude, to me, he’s the best player in the league right now,” said teammate Kimmo Timonen. ”He’s our motor. When he goes, we go.”
Giroux’s opening shift in Game Six will be remembered in Philadelphia for years to come. Immediately following the drop of the puck, Giroux sought out Crosby and knocked him down with