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NHL - US Sports: Giroux dreaming of cup with Panthers

Veteran forward Claude Giroux says he's dreams of the winning the Stanley Cup and feels he has the perfect opportunity with the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers, 11/2 to be crowned Champions 2021/22, acquired the 34-year-old from the Philadelphia Flyers to boost their championship chances in late March.

First Cup the goal

Since, the influential winger has scored 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 18 regular season games and one goal, one assist in the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals which is currently tied at 1-1.

Giroux spent his entire 15-season career with the Flyers before waiving his no-trade clause to move to the Panthers in search of the ultimate trophy which has thus far eluded him.

The closest Giroux has come so far was in in 2010, when he scored 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 23 playoff games to help the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final before they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

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Record breakers

With Giroux in the line-up, Florida went 15-3-0, including setting a team-record 13-game winning streak from 29th March-23rd April. Over the season, they set a Panthers record with 58 wins and 122 points to win the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top team during the regular season.

Giroux said to the media: "When you have an opportunity like we have this year, you've really got to take it forward. This is one of the best teams I have played on.

"I never thought I would be playing in the NHL, to be honest. I feel your dreams, there's a few steps. The first one is to make the NHL and then it's to win the Cup. And now I'm on my goal number two."

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