It seems like the Philadelphia Flyers just can't seem to get a break.
Last night's game against Tampa Bay seemed to be going all Philadelphia's way. They were skating hard, and it showed on the scoreboard. However, things started to fall apart at the end of the second period.
Claude Giroux was involved in a collision with teammate Wayne Simmonds, which saw Giroux take a nasty knee to the right side of his head. Obviously, it was a complete accident, but that doesn't make it any better. Giroux appeared shaken up after the play, and took a while to get to the bench. He immediately went to the locker room for further evaluation.
"He kind of fell and he was right in front of me, I was on the backcheck and I wanted to get into the play and I tried to jump over him. I don't know where I caught him," Simmonds told NHL.com.
It's bad enough that the Flyers are without the services of Chris Pronger right now, and losing Giroux—the NHL's leading scorer—would be an absolute disaster for the Philadelphia Flyers. Oh, but wait, there's more.
Ilya Bryzgalov also suffered a slight lower-body injury as well, although it didn't seem to be as serious. When asked about the injury after the game, Bryzgalov told reporters it was an "equipment issue," before admitting he was a bad liar and said it was an "old boo-boo" that was nagging him.
Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren was asked after the game if Giroux was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after taking a knee to the head.
"Not really a headache or anything like that," Holmgren said. "This is really just precautionary at this stage. We didn't want to put him back in there at that time. It's a game in December. Obviously he's one of our better players, so we'll err on the side of caution."
Do you think Claude Giroux is suffering a concussion?
While his comments seem to make the situation sound a bit better, his facial expression showed a look of concern and disappointment. Holmgren has been known to tell a fib or two here and there, so take his comments with a grain of salt. He also spoke briefly about Bryzgalov.
"After the second period he wanted to continue and it stiffened up on him in the third," Holmgren said. "We don't think it's anything serious. It's an off-day tomorrow for the players. I would assume he'll be fine for the next game."
For now, it seems that Giroux may be OK, but concussions can be tricky. Sometimes it takes weeks before a player realizes he's got a concussion. Only time will tell, but Philly fans will have to keep their fingers crossed. As for Bryzgalov, I'm sure he will be fine. He pulled a muscle and he needs a little time off the ice.
Take a breath, Philly. And keep your fingers crossed.
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