Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will not be receiving any discipline for his “hit” on Kris Letang in the second period of Game 2 on Friday night. Sidney Crosby bumped Giroux towards Letang, where the Penguins defenseman unfortunately ran into his back.
Per Sam Carchidi, the NHL confirmed on Saturday morning that there would be no disciplinary action for the hit.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) April 14, 2018
Here’s a look at the collision.
Giroux played the puck, got bumped by Crosby, and instinctually braced for impact. There was no malicious intent.
And two more looks at the collision.
If anything, Giroux saw Letang at the last moment and simply braced himself.
It was completely incidental, but Sidney Crosby didn’t see it that way. He expected the NHL to look at it for a potential hearing or suspension.
Crosby on the Giroux/Letang hit: “I’m sure the league will look at it. I thought it was high.”
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) April 14, 2018
It’s a bit ironic, since the Penguins had a few plays of their own that were more likely to warrant any sort of discipline.
And a few dives.
Fortunately, the NHL rightfully decided to not take any disciplinary action against Giroux.
The Flyers will look to take a 2-1 lead in the series as they host Game 3 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
(Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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