The Philadelphia Flyers received a double-whammy of bad news late Saturday night in Arizona. The obvious news is that their loss to the Coyotes means they lose ground in the Eastern Conference playoffs race.
The second bit of news could somehow be worse: captain Claude Giroux left the game injured after he was on the receiving end of a boarding penalty from Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal. The incident occurred late in the third period, with the Flyers trailing 2-0. Giroux was working in the offensive zone when he turned his back to Hanzal along the boards.
He lost his footing at about the same time that Hanzal made contact with him, and the result was scary.
Giroux appeared to land head-first into the boards and was knocked out cold for at least two seconds. He received help back to the locker room and didn't return. The Flyers immediately pounced on Hanzal, and a melee ensued.
Hanzal received a five-minute major for boarding, and Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds received a misconduct as well. Somehow, and luckily, Giroux seems to be fine.
Giroux is fine, I'm told. Exhale, Phila.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) March 27, 2016