Video: Claude Giroux's goal of the year caps crazy Flyers' comeback win over Blue Jackets

Video: Claude Giroux's goal of the year caps crazy Flyers' comeback win over Blue Jackets

Well, for your sake, I certainly hope you didn’t change the channel or leave the Wells Fargo Center after the second period of Thursday night’s Flyers game. If you did, you’re probably feeling pretty salty right about now because you missed the rest of a game we’re going to be talking about for a while.

The Flyers scored five third period goals – the last three of which came in the final 4 minutes and 39 seconds of regulation – to stun the Blue Jackets and skate away with an improbable 5-4 victory to extend their home winning streak to eight games

[Daily News' Friday back cover: Santa Claude!]

Down 3-0 after two lackluster periods, the Flyers got goals from Jake Voracek and Braydon Coburn early in the third to get within one at 3-2. But things looked bleak when the Blue Jackets’ Blake Comeau scored just over 10 minutes left in the period to give his team a 4-2 lead.

But an Erik Gustaffson goal with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left got the Orange and Black back within a goal at 4-3.

That’s when the Claude Giroux show started.

His diving poke of a rebound off a Voracek shot to things up with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left was pretty sweet but the capper was Giroux’s ridiculous, no-look backhander from a near-impossible angle that finally gave the Flyers the lead and put them on top for good.

Sick.  Just sick. I can’t think of any other adjective to describe it. That’s going near the top of an already lengthy career-highlight list for the captain.

Not a bad way to score your 100th career goal, eh?

Seriously, that’s one of the most unreal goals you’ll ever see. While being harassed by the Columbus defenseman, Giroux was somehow able gain possession of the puck and have the strength to lift the puck top-shelf where momma hides all the Christmas presents and over the glove of Columbus netminder Curtis McElhinney for the goal.

It’s ok, Curtis. You never had a chance anyway.

The question now is could this be the start of the Giroux scoring tear Flyer fans have been waiting for? The next few games will be telling.

What’s for certain is that these two division foes will meet again Saturday evening in Columbus. Let’s just say I’m looking a whole lot more forward to that one now than I was earlier on Thursday.

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Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).