Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux was blunt in his assessment of his own performance during the clubs Eastern Conference quarter final defeat to Washington.
Per Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post, Giroux said his performance was ‘not good enough’ during the six game series, with the 28-year-old registering just one assist during the match up despite insisting he was healthy throughout.
“You know, I’m pretty frustrated with myself. Gotta find a way, doesn’t matter how it is. You gotta find a way.”
Right winger Wayne Simmonds faired slightly better than Giroux, collecting two assists during the round, but still fell well short of expectations as the Flyers somewhat limped out of the playoffs, shut out for the second time in the series on Sunday.
“I thought we gave it our all,” Simmonds said. “We gave it our all, all year long. I don’t think anyone really even gave us a chance to make the playoffs. I’m proud of every single guy in this dressing room. We push it to the limit and we busted our butts all year long and sometimes you don’t get breaks and that was it. They’re a good team, they’re the best team in the league all year long and I think you can see that out there.”
The Flyers top five point scorers during the regular season – Giroux, Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jake Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere – combined for just two goals during the series.
The clubs powerplay was also disastrous during the contest, going 1-for-24 in total, even failing to convert on a 5-on-3 opportunity during Sunday’s elimination game after Washington had been assessed two questionable calls by the officials.