Mar 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) disputes the Toronto Maple Leafs third goal scored in the third period at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Awful timing: Claude Giroux named finalist for Hart Trophy


Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While he is a seeming lock to finish third in voting, Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been announced as one of the three finalists for the Hart trophy. (The Hart trophy is given annually to the NHL’s MVP.)

Giroux will join Ryan Getzlaf of the Western-Conference favorite Anaheim Ducks and NHL points leader Sidney Crosby, as the three finalists for the award.

The unfortunate thing about the announcement is that it comes a day after the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs, in a game where Giroux missed an open-net shot in the third period, which could have helped to send the game to overtime. The announcement also comes after a disappointing series for the captain, who didn’t have a shot on goal until game three of the series. Unfortunately, both of those factors will outshine the fact that Giroux overcame a slow start and an Olympic snub, to tie his career high with 28 goals, and post the second-highest point total (87) of his young career.

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