Flyers center Claude Giroux was suspended for Tuesday night's Game 5 from the Eastern Conference Semifinals from the Demons for for his illegal check towards the mind of Dainius Zubrus.
NHL V . P . of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan stated Giroux chopped lower on Zubrus' stick and went across his body, driving track of his shoulder and well after Zubrus chipped the puck towards the corner. The "principle reason for contact was the mind," Shanahan stated in the video explanation from the decision launched on Twitter and NHL.com. Shanahan also stated that Giroux have been angry following a "legal check," by Demons defenseman Mark Fayne earlier within the change.
“When you see this change in the whole, such as the violent cutting up from the stick combined using the lateness from the hit, we're feeling this reckless picking from the mind increases to the stage of supplemental discipline,” Shannahan states within the video.
The hit included 3.6 seconds left within the second period. Giroux was handed an illegal-check towards the mind, two-minute minor penalty in the overall game. Zubrus came back for that third period and obtained a clear-internet goal within the final minutes from the Demons 4-2 win. Giroux was not penalized nor suspended previously, something Shanhan required into account.
The Demons hold a 3-1 lead within the best-of-seven series and also have a opportunity to clinch their first visit to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2003 once the series resumes Tuesday evening in Philadelphia.
While Zubrus stated he was surprised at the hit, he'd not refer to it as a dirty hit.
Demons coach Peter DeBoer, however, felt otherwise.
“For me it appears textbook, such as the hits they are trying to get away from the overall game," DeBoer stated after the overall game. "However I understand (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman and (deputy commissioner) Bill Daly were here, and I am sure they'll see that.Inch
Giroux continues to be the Flyers' best player within the 2010 nfl playoffs. He's eight goals and nine assists in 10 games.