April 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) speaks during press conference after game six of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Penguns, 5-1. The Flyers won the series 4 games to 2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Giroux Leaves Game With Head Injury

Although the injury appears to be minor, Philadelphia Flyers worst nightmare became a reality when it was announced that team superstar, Claude Giroux had been injured while playing in Germany.

Fortunately, it appears the injury is minor, but nonetheless it’s something Flyers brass and fans do not want to hear.

The injury occurred in the second period of Friday’s overtime loss to Krefeld Pinguine, when Giroux took a high-check to the head by a Krefeld player.  There was no penalty on the play, but the blow was enough to end Giroux’s evening.  The good news, Giroux managed to walk off the ice under his own power, but was later sent to a local hospital for evaluation by the team doctors.

Giroux will not suit-up for Eisbaren Berlin’s game on Sunday against Kolner Haie, but hopefully will be ready for the team’s following game next week.

A tweet from Giroux on Saturday morning was his first public jab about the on-going NHL lockout.  Perhaps the comment was in the “heat of the moment” after sustaining the head injury, but it’s pretty clear the players are growing more frustrated with the lockout and rather be playing “home” in North America.

Claude Giroux  @28CGiroux

Can anybody explain to me how 2 weeks of non-negotiating is going to bring the game back any faster? #vacayforbettman


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