Earlier this season when he was leading the NHL in scoring Claude Giroux firmly planted his name on the list of NHL Superstars with concussions. How did this happen? He got kneed in the head by Wayne Simmonds. Seriously, how does that happen?
How it happens I guess doesn’t matter and really begins to defy logic when you consider that it happened again… tonight… in Toronto this time. Poor Scott Hartnell was just skating along when Giroux, with a little help from Dion Phaneuf, just stuck his head between Scotty’s legs (aside: HARTNELL DOWN!) and knocked him over. Giroux – in a scary moment for Flyers fans – was a little woozy getting up…
…But not for long!
Giroux came back for his next shift and got better as the game went along. Some people would normally contend the assertion that last statement makes but it’s true! He was so strong on the return that he pulled off the ultimate deke of all dekes - the Datsyukian Deke.
I have never seen someone not named Pavel Datsyuk pull of the move, and I’m going to be honest, I freaked out a little bit in a giddy school girl way.
I challenge you to be different.
Seriously. If you’re a Leafs fan, how mad could you be?
I mentioned that the Flyers could be peaking at the right time earlier tonight… if they make some noise down the stretch, is Giroux a Hart candidate in your mind?