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Claude Giroux named NHL’s No. 1 Star of the Week

Claude Giroux delivered an MVP performance in Saturday’s NHL All-Star Game victory for the Metropolitan Division and the Flyers captain was rewarded Monday with another achivement.

Giroux earned the NHL’s No. 1 Star of the Week award after registering three goals and one assist in two games at the All-Star Game in Las Vegas. The 34-year-old was the sixth-oldest player to win the All-Star Game MVP award.

Giroux has not only been a focal point for the Orange and Black this season, but also for the Metro Division in Saturday’s festivities. He now has eight career All-Star goals, tying him for the seventh-most in NHL history, behind Mario Lemieux (13 goals), Wayne Gretzky (13), Gordie Howe (10), Rick Nash (9), Patrick Kane (9), and Teemu Selanne (9).

He is the third Flyers player to win the All-Star Game’s MVP award, joining Wayne Simmonds and Reggie Leach on that list.

Bearing a new contract agreement, Giroux is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Ontario, Canada native has 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 42 regular season games, remaining one of the bright spots in Mike Yeo’s squad.

The Flyers sit 17 points behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but could force their way up the standings with a strong second half of the season.

Giroux and his Flyers teammates will return to action on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Detroit Red Wings.

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