Claude Giroux

Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux leaves the locker room after speaking during a media availability at their hockey practice facility Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers will be watching the rest of the playoffs from home after the New Jersey Devils defeated the Flyers 4-1 in their best-of-seven conference semifinals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Alex Brandon

It took nearly an entire month after the Philadelphia Flyers played their last game of the 2012 postseason, but finally someone pulled even with Claude Giroux and Danny Briere for the playoff goal-scoring lead.

Anze Kopitar scored his eighth goal of the playoffs in the Los Angeles Kings' 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night.

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Giroux and Briere, whose Flyers were eliminated on May 8, had nevertheless hung on to the lead since then.

Even still, if the Kings close the series out without Kopitar scoring again, the Flyers duo could finish tied with him.

Giroux scored his eight goals in just 10 games, and Briere did it in 11. Kopitar needed 17 games to do it.

Obviously, Giroux and Briere would be fine with no goals if they could hoist the Cup, as Kopitar almost certainly will get to do.

Still, it's impressive to have two guys on one team score as many goals in the first two rounds as anyone else in the league scored in the entire playoffs.

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