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Giroux's no-look backhand voted by fans as the 2013-14 Flyers Highlight of the Year

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The votes have been cast and an overwhelming majority chose Claude Giroux's no-look, backhand, top-shelf winner vs. Columbus as the 2013-14 Flyers Highlight of the Year.

The highlight earned nearly 1,000 votes in the finale and over 3,500 votes during four rounds of voting in the entire tournament decided by fans throughout the summer.

Giroux, who also scored the game-tying goal in the contest, capped off another comeback victory at the Wells Fargo Center with a goal on Blue Jackets netminder Curtis McElhinney. The goal also turned out to be his 100th career goal in the NHL and the second in a string of six wins in a seven-game span to end the month of December for the Flyers.

The highlight tore through the tournament, winning the 'Best Goal' category by defeating Sean Couturier, who made a nice move on Henrik Lundqvist to score on a breakaway, while also taking down a brilliant Tic-Tac-Toe play finished by Matt Read.

From there, the goal defeated what fans voted as the 'Best Hit' of 2013-14 -- a crushing hit from Zac Rinaldo against Kings' Kyle Clifford before advancing to the final and defeating his own last-second magic on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Giroux's highlight-reel goal now joins Simon Gagne's comeback goal, which was voted the 2012-13 Highlight of the Year by Flyers fans.

Here's another look at this season's winner, plus a view of the complete bracket below...

Giroux's no-look, backhand, top-shelf goal against Columbus
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