Watch Claude Giroux's Controversial Hit on Dainius Zubrus in NHL Playoffs

Ryan O'Leary@BR0LearyFeatured Columnist IMay 7, 2012

In the waning moments of the second period in a pivotal Game 4 between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils, Claude Giroux delivered a shoulder directly to the head of forward Dainius Zubrus.

For the hit, Giroux was handed a two-minute minor for an illegal hit to the head, but not a match penalty. Why is that? Because there is no match penalty for a hit to the head in the NHL unless the referee deems it intent to injure with said hit.

So, should Giroux have been given a harsher penalty?

It doesn't matter now; the all-important issue is how the league handles the Flyers star with supplemental discipline.

In a similar situation over the weekend, Alexander Ovechkin left his feet and delivered a blow to the head of the New York Rangers' Dan Girardi in their Game 4 on Saturday.

Just like Giroux, Ovechkin was given a two-minute minor, but nothing more, and the league has not doled out additional discipline, at least to this point.

Back to the Devils and Flyers series. New Jersey went on to win the game by a 4-2 margin, and for good measure, Zubrus scored twice for the winners.

New Jersey now holds a firm 3-1 lead in the series, with the teams headed back to Philadelphia for Game 5.

Should Claude Giroux be fined for his shoulder to the head of Zubrus? Let us know. Comment below.

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