If the Philadelphia Flyers want to stave off elimination on Tuesday night, they'll have to do it without their top scorer in the playoffs.
Center Claude Giroux was suspended one game on Monday by the NHL for his hit on New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus during Sunday night's 4-2 Devils win at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Late in the second period, Giroux argued with officials over what he felt was an illegal hit by Devils defenseman Mark Fayne. As the Devils headed back the other way, Giroux caught up to Zubrus and drove his right shoulder up into Zubrus' chin after Zubrus had sent the puck ahead. Giroux was given a two-minute penalty for contact to the head.
"When you look at this shift in its entirety, including the violent chop of the stick coupled with the lateness of the hit, we feel this reckless picking of the head rises to the level of supplemental discipline," said NHL Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan.
Zubrus returned to the game, and closed the scoring with an empty net goal. He had scored late in the second period to give the Devils a 3-2 lead. According to Shanahan's statement, the lack of injury was considered in the league's decision on supplemental discipline for Giroux.
Giroux leads the Flyers with eight goals and nine assists in the playoffs. Philadelphia trails New Jersey in the series, three games to one, with Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.