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Giroux's Injury Hits Hard

The statement was deafening, as if a booming voice was speaking it over a loudspeaker.

"Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion"

Not feeling very good, gotten worse, out indefinitely?

Oof.

In a year where Claude Giroux was proving his superstar-like talent every night in the NHL, it’s stunning. With one hit, those who have grown accustomed to watching the Hearst, Ontairo native are now relegated to the waiting game.

Sound familiar?

It’s eerie timing in the wake of the latest news regarding Sidney Crosby. Crosby, the game’s ubermensch is out for as long as symptoms still remain. Sadly, the let down after what many thought would be his final, and maybe last, return seems to tell the tale of the future.

Suck It Phaneuf

BREAKING: Giroux has concussion

As per the Flyers website, Claude Giroux has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.

According to general manager Paul Holmgren: "Claude reported not feeling very good today. Over the past few days, his symptoms have gradually gotten worse. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion."

This is terrible news for the Flyers, who currently have Chris Pronger and Brayden Schenn out indefinitely with concussion problems as well (Pronger also had knee surgery).

Giroux's concussion came as a freak accident in the Flyers 5-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday. Giroux, who was down on the ice, was hit in the back of the head by Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds' knee collided with Giroux when he tried to avoid him on the ice.

Seems Like Old Times : Flyers To Face Old Nemesis

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) and the Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will face off tonight for the second time this season.

In their first meeting, the Capitals scored three quick goals early in the third period stretching a slim one-goal lead to four, cruising to a 5-2 victory.

This time, the teams will meet in Washington, DC. It will be the first time the Flyers face Dale Hunter as an NHL head coach.

From the fourth line to the first line

This is the big chance Sean Couturier has been waiting for.

Granted the 19-year-old wasn't in favor of it coming at the cost of Claude Giroux's noodle, Couturier is looking forward to shedding Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk as line mates in favor of a future Hall of Famer and one of the best goal-scoring pests in the NHL.

Couturier will see a promotion to the first scoring line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell tomorrow night in Washington.

In the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, Giroux suffered a freak head injury. While down, forward Wayne Simmonds tried to avoid Giroux but caught him in the back of the head with his knee.

What to do with Johan?

Lost in the goalie mix since the 2011 playoffs is Johan Backlund?

Backlund started one game for the Flyers in March 2010 and left after two periods due to a groin injury. He was out until the playoffs where during the second round comeback against Boston. He played just over one minute of game action in relief of Brian Boucher.

In 2010-11, Backlund spent most of the season as the Phantoms starter, before Michael Leighton arrived in January via waivers.

This season, he was part of a three goalie rotation with the Phantoms with Leighton and Jason Bacashihua before suffering a hip injury in November.

Update On Giroux

Update on the injury to Claude Giroux on Saturday night against the Lightning.

Flyers win 5-2 with Dominating Second Period Performance

The first period did not look promising. Considering how well the Flyers had been playing in their last four, the first twenty on Saturday made it seem as though the game was geared to be a letdown.

That, of course, was before the Flyers scored three goals in the second on way to defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2.

Your Move Tampa Bay

The last time these two teams met, the Flyers stood in their defensive zone, while the Lightning stood in the neutral zone. All the while, millions of people watching the nationally televised event began changing the channel to something that actually had a pulse.

Chris Pronger's 'Concussion Symptoms'

Yesterday, Chris Pronger was announced to be out for an indefinite amount of time with ‘concussion symptoms.’ This follows the heels of a time when he was out with a ‘virus’ that became a knee injury that required surgery.

A Look At The ‘New Guys’: The Returns from Richards

The second installment of Kim Pollock's look at the new guys.

In this piece, Pollock focuses on Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, both acquired from Los Angeles in the Mike Richards trade.