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Carter and Giroux Earn Monthly Honors

by Kevin Kurz / Philadelphia Flyers

(Anaheim, CA) - A pair of Philadelphia Flyers were honored on Friday, as Jeff Carter was named as the NHL's second Star of the Month for December, and Claude Giroux was named as the American Hockey League's Rookie of the Month.

Carter tied for the lead among NHL scorers with 21 points (11g, 10a) in 14 games as the Flyers went 9-3-2. He recorded points in 11 of 14 games, including goals in nine contests. He tallied five multiple-point games, highlighted by four points (two goals, two assists) and a career-best +5 rating in a 7-1 victory against Washington December 20, and added three-point games in victories over Tampa Bay (4-3, December 2) and Pittsburgh (6-3, December 13).
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Carter leads the NHL in goals (27) and ranks ninth in overall scoring with 27 goals and 16 assists for 43 points.

Said Carter, who turned 24 on New Year's Day: "Things have been going good for us. Our line has been playing well and our team has been playing well. When you are winning games and things are going good like that, sometimes honors like this come around. It's definitely cool."

Giroux was recalled by the Flyers on December 26, and registered his first point in the NHL on Tuesday night in Vancouver, assisting on a goal by Carter.

Giroux recorded eight goals, six assists and a plus-12 rating in eight games for the Phantoms last month. He becomes just the fourth player in Phantoms history so honored, joining R.J. Umberger (November 2004), Maxime Ouellet (November 2001) and Jean-Marc Pelletier (November 1998) in earning the monthly award.

"It is pretty awesome," said the 20-year-old rookie. "I had a pretty good month and so did our team. When your team is playing well it is pretty easy to score some points. I think overall our team had a really good month."
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