NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – The NHL has suspended the Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux for one game following for delivering an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils Dainius Zubrus in Sunday’s game.
Giroux will miss Tuesday night’s Game 5. The Flyers trail the Devils 3-1 in their best -of-seven series.
The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period. A minor penalty for illegal check to the head was assessed to Giroux.
Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed the suspension on Monday.
Giroux spoke to the media on Monday by way of a conference call because the team did not practice. Ha says the team is “panicking” and has lost confidence in its game against the Devils. That was never more evident than when he was called for the head-hit penalty on Zubrus.
Philadelphia’s leading scorer in the postseason with 17 points, Giroux spoke with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday. Giroux says he’s not a dirty player and had no intention of hitting Zubrus in the head.
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