Giroux preaches patience for Flyers
Flyers captain Claude Giroux isn't ready to say that the team has turned things around just yet. However, even after picking up points in five of the last seven games following Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Nashville Predators, Giroux understands that the Flyers (8-10-5) have left many points out on the ice. He also feels improvement will come gradually.
"We have to be patient," said Giroux, who had two assists including the one on Shayne Gostisbehere's game-winner 4 minutes and 8 seconds into the overtime. "We know it is a process."
With learning a system under first-year coach Dave Hakstol, Giroux, sees progress in certain areas
"We are slowly playing better and we are not as frustrated as early in the season," said Giroux, who has eight goals and 11 assists for a team-leading 19 points. "Early in the season we were getting frustrated for no reason."
This is the area he sees as the biggest change.
"The bench is calm and we are playing with a lot more confidence," Giroux said.
After suffering consecutive shutouts, the Flyers have scored 3-2 overtime wins in two of their last three games.
Scoring on a more consistent basis will no doubt help the confidence.
"Offensively we are playing smarter," he said.
It's a start.
The Flyers have scored 41 goals, the fewest in the NHL. Giroux understands the Flyers have much to improve on, but he's hoping to build off these recent overtime wins and gain some consistent offensive momentum.