CLAUDE THE FRAUD

posted by Mark Madden -

In Game 1 against Philadelphia, Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins went end to end and scored.

In Game 3, Sidney Crosby won a center-ice faceoff straight ahead and fed Brian Dumoulin for a goal that was the Penguins’ second in five seconds.

In Game 4, Crosby picked up a puck behind the Flyers' net, then easily came out front and tucked it in.

What do those three plays have in common?

The Flyers’ Claude Giroux quit on each of them.

Giroux is a pretender as a player and as a captain.

Giroux has one assist in the series against the Penguins. He has zero goals in his last 11 playoff games. He is playing with the demeanor of somebody who just wants to go home. Tomorrow night, the Penguins will likely oblige him.

Remember 2012, when then-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Giroux the “best player in the world”? And one of Philadelphia's hockey media said the baton had been passed from Crosby to Giroux?

All that was laughable then, and it’s even more laughable now. Claude the Fraud never held that baton. Not even for one second.

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