Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 5/7/12

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 22: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Boston Bruins on October 22, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Flyers Forward Claude Giroux was suspended by the NHL for Game 5 today for a hit on New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus.

The frustration of 3 straight games of being outplayed and out hustled wore on Claude Giroux. After a non-call by the referees on a potential Devils penalty, Giroux decided to give the officials a call to make.

Giroux hit 6’5″ winger Dainius Zubrus high. He didn’t leave his skates. He didn’t use his elbow. He just hit Zubrus with all he had and with what appeared to be malice. Claude Giroux was looking to make a point.

In the end, the Flyers lost game 4 and now trail the Devils 3-1 in this series.

Giroux was suspended by the NHL today for Game 5, leaving the Flyers without their best player and one of the best players in the NHL. The hit wasn’t the worst hit I’ve ever seen, but Giroux did clearly target Zubrus’ head.

The hit in question is similar to a hit Giroux sustained in the Pittsburgh series by James Neal. Neal was suspended for one game too, though Neal left his feet on the hit and had a history of offenses. It is ironic and telling, though, that in the last series it was the Flyers frustrating the Penguins into stupid hits and bad penalties. Now, it’s the Devils doing the same to the Flyers.

So far, the Flyers have had no answers. Now they’ll have to try to stave off elimination without Claude Giroux.

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