Claude Giroux (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Giroux was hit from behind by Hanzal and hit his head on the ice. He appeared motionless for a few seconds afterwards, but was able get up by himself and leave the game under his own strength.The Philadelphia Flyers missed out on an excellent opportunity to gain ground on the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference wild card race falling 2-1 to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. But the bigger concern for the Flyers is the health of captain Claude Giroux. Martin Hanzal hit Giroux from behind with a little over two minutes remaining in the third period. The 28-year-old hit his head on the ice and appeared motionless for a few seconds afterwards. Giroux did get up by himself and was able to leave the game under his own strength. Update:
Giroux has 21 goals and a team-leading 62 points in 72 games this season. Hanzal was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Brayden Schenn picked up a minor penalty for roughing and Wayne Simmonds received a 10 minute misconduct for their participation in the scrum, which ensued after the hit. Ryan White and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also recieved 10 minute misconducts. Philadelphia and Detroit each have 85 points, but the Flyers currently sit in the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference because they have a game in hand.
Giroux went thru concussion protocol. Said he felt "pretty good" and that "we'll know more tomorrow." I'd be shocked if he didn't play Mon.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) March 27, 2016