Claude Giroux has been suspended one game for his hit on Danius Zubrus in Game 4, leaving the Flyers without playoffs’ leading scoring for Game 5. That’s pretty tough timing for a team a loss away from being eliminated.
Sometimes with certain hits I’ll try to get ahead of the curve and pre-write an article. I missed on this one, apparently.
I understand that technically, yes, the hit should be a suspension. It was a hit to the head (could argue blindside) and late. It just seemed to me that:
A) It didn’t look all that vicious, and in hockey terms, that eyeball test matters.
B) He has no prior history of ever being fined/suspended.
C) He’s a star (shouldn’t matter, does).
D) It’s a playoff elimination game (shouldn’t matter, does).
E) We’ve seen similar hits with different results – Malkin was cleared for a comparable hit in round one.
But, Brendan Shanahan saw it differently. And after watching his video, it’s tough to disagree with him.