In an interview with Kevin Anderson of the Timmins Press, Claude Giroux made mention of the fact that he had surgery on both his wrists this summer, thanks in no small part to his sworn nemesis on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby.
Actually, he seems to think Crosby played a rather large role in pushing him under the knife. In referring to the new scars on his wrists, Giroux had this to say:
“Those are from (Sidney) Crosby,” he says half smiling, but with some tension in his voice. “Every time we’d line up against each other for a face-off during our (2012 playoff) series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he’d hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”
While the tape does exists, and I’d need to watch to confirm this (it seems unlikely that Crosby opted to “not go for the puck” on every draw against him), this definitely happens here and there. Guys get so low, wrists are exposed, and when tempers flare up it’s bound to happen.
That, and it’s one of the few legal, physical, stationary battles you have in a hockey game, so you can really aim those chops. And with the scrambling confrontations basically looking like cartoon fight-clouds to refs – you know, the ones where the odd limb comes flying out of here and there, maybe a shoe or two – and the equation is perfect for wrist-fracturing.
First we had Crosby-Ovy, and now we have Crosby-Giroux. Gotta love that Sid likes to mix it up. Good Canadian boy playing the right way, eh Ellen? Shows he cares.
(Stick-tap to ProHockeyTalk for the story)