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Pens impressed by Giroux

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 2:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

PHILADELPHIA -- Claude Giroux's emergence as an NHL star might be traced to the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Giroux, in his first playoff action, led the Flyers in scoring with 5 points in the six-game series won by the Penguins.

Since then, Giroux has blossomed into an All-Star and current League scoring leader, with his 4-point game last night in Buffalo giving him 36 points, one ahead of Toronto's Phil Kessel.

"He's a talented, talented guy," said Pens forward Craig Adams. "We saw a little bit of that two years ago. You're like, 'Who is this guy?' Now everyone knows who he is. I watched the very end of that game last night and he put it away. He looks confident, he's got a lot of skill. We're going to have to do a good job against him tonight."

Pascal Dupuis said Giroux was mentioned prominently in the Pens' scouting report on the Flyers.

"He's another highly skilled player," said Dupuis. "He skates well, he's really good with the puck. He's making the right plays right now, playing some good hockey. We'll try to keep an eye on him all the time.

"Obviously he's a player to watch and we'll be playing him tight."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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