Oilers' Giroux hitting stride
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
|Alexandre Giroux of the Edmonton Oilers battles for the puck with Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings during their game at Joe Louis Arena on Friday in Detroit, Michigan. ( Dave Sandford, Getty Images)
EDMONTON - PITTSBURGH — Alexandre Giroux’s job is to score goals.
And even though the Edmonton Oilers winger failed to find the net Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, he did arguably play his best game since getting called up from Oklahoma City.
Giroux had a handful of opportunities and was the only player on the team to finish with a plus rating.
“A guy like me, when you don’t get chances, that’s when you don’t feel good about yourself,” Giroux said. “When you get chances that’s when you build your confidence. Even though I didn’t score, I thought I played well. I didn’t bury my chances, but there are times when you do score and don’t play well. But I thought our line played well offensively and we created a lot of good chances.”
A prolific goal scorer at the AHL level, the native of Quebec City, has been unable to transfer his talents to the NHL.
He has five career NHL goals, including the one he scored in his first game up with the Oilers last weekend against the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to getting the call from the Oilers, Giroux was leading Oklahoma City with 29 goals and 36 assists in 65 games.
Against the Red Wins, Giroux had a glorious chance early, lifting a backhand just high on a partial break away. Later, he was robbed on the door step by goaltender Jimmy Howard.
“On that first breakaway, I tried to beat the goalie high and it just went over the net,” Giroux said. “It was one of those games where I felt great. I had a couple of chances and their goalie made the save of the night against me. I saw it on the replay and if that goes in, it could have been a different game. We would have been up 2-0.”