Giroux scores again, ties AHL record

Hershey Bears forward Alexandre Giroux has tied an American Hockey League record for the longest goal-scoring streak in the league’s 73-year history, scoring a goal in his 14th consecutive AHL game on Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

Giroux beat Philadelphia Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe at the 14:32 mark of the first period to tie the record. He added another goal just over two minutes later.

Philadelphia would win the game in a shootout, 4-3.

Giroux has scored at least one goal in each of his last 14 AHL games, totaling 21 goals in that span. The streak began on Nov. 26, 2008, and is considered to be intact despite being interrupted by five separate recalls by the parent Washington Capitals.

Giroux has tied the AHL record set by Moncton Golden Flames forward Brett Hull during the 1986-87 season. Hull scored in 14 straight games en route to a 50-goal season for which he won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie. Hull went on to score 741 goals over a 17-year career in the National Hockey League.

Giroux, who leads the AHL with 33 goals on the season, will try to stand alone in the AHL record books when the Bears host the Worcester Sharks on Sunday evening (5:00 p.m. ET).

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 82 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 6 million fans have attended AHL games across North America in each of the past seven seasons.