The Philadelphia Flyers confirmed what essentially amounts to a worst-case scenario on Tuesday, saying that leading scorer Claude Giroux has a concussion. Giroux had already been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Washington Capitals, but he is now out indefinitely.
Giroux suffered the injury on Saturday when teammate Wayne Simmonds inadvertantly kneed him in the back of the head. Giroux missed the third period, but the team said he was doing better on Monday. Tests on Tuesday, though, revealed a concussion.
The Flyers will undoubtedly miss Giroux. The NHL's leading scorer (39 points) has led the Flyers to the top of the Eastern Conference. Prior to the injury, the 23-year-old was well on his way to a career year, already having scored half as many points as last year when he set a career high with 76 points. His 16 goals are tied for sixth most in the league and his 23 assists are the second most.
For more on Giroux's injury, be sure to check out Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey.