Philadelphia Flyers: Have Claude Giroux and the Flyers Dodged a Bullet?

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Philadelphia Flyers: Have Claude Giroux and the Flyers Dodged a Bullet?
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Philadelphia Flyers fans may be able to breathe a sigh of relief Monday in regards to their star forward Claude Giroux.

During the second period in the game against Tampa Bay Saturday night, Claude Giroux and teammate Wayne Simmonds were involved in an accidental collision that left Giroux shaken up and slow to get to the bench. He was evaluated and brought to the locker room shortly after and did not return.

Simmonds caught the right side of Giroux's head with a knee, and most fans feared the worst—concussion.

"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 in a postgame interview. 

Giroux did not return for the third period, which at first seemed to point toward signs that it may be more serious than initially thought. However, Holmgren updated the media on his status after the game. 

"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."

While Holmgren's comments seemed to be positive, the look on his face seemed to tell a different story. Paul seemed to have a look of worry on his face, something I'm sure most Flyers fans know quite well by now. At any rate, no further comment was given, and fans just had to patiently wait for more news.

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Monday morning, Paul Holmgren spoke to the media once again, updating the statuses of both Claude Giroux and Ilya Bryzgalov, who also suffered a minor injury during Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Paul Holmgren told the media that Giroux was "feeling better" Monday morning and had the day off on Sunday in order to give Claude some rest. Claude is reportedly still sore, but isn't showing any signs of a concussion.

Of course, nobody will know for sure whether he really does have a concussion until he's back on the ice, but things seem to be looking up. Holmgren said that he will be re-evaluated Tuesday, and left it at that.

He also said that Ilya Bryzgalov was feeling much better and should be ready to suit up Tuesday against Washington.

For now, it appears the Flyers have dodged a major bullet. We won't know for sure right away, but Philadelphia fans can stop holding their breath for the time being. It looks like Claude Giroux will be alright.

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