Claude Giroux Says Sidney Crosby 'Hacked' His Wrists Before Every Face-Off During Playoff Series
Following the 2011-12 season, Philadelphia Flyers superstar Claude Giroux underwent surgery on both of his wrists to repair two separate injuries; torn cartilage in his right wrist and removal of bone spurs in his left wrist.
In a recent interview with Timmins Press, a member of the Canoe Sun Media Group, Giroux reportedly stated that rival Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins aided in his need for surgery during their meeting in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
Via Timmins Press:
That's not to say he doesn't have any though, as one look at his hands reveals a pair of nearly symmetrical scars.
“Those are from (Sidney) Crosby,” he says half smiling, but with some tension in his voice. “Every time we'd line up against each other for a face-off during our (2012 playoff) series, instead of going for the puck when it was dropped, he'd hack me across the wrists. I ended up playing the series against (New) Jersey with one of them fractured and had to go for surgery on both of them after we were out of the playoffs.”
Giroux ultimately had the last laugh as his first shift in Game 6 against Pittsburgh (which saw the 24-year old start the game with a huge hit on Crosby followed by a goal 32 seconds after the opening draw), will undoubtedly go down as one of the brighter moments in Philadelphia playoff lore and helped punch the Flyers ticket to the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
However, the star forward was less effective against the Flyers second round opponent, the New Jersey Devils, only registering two goals and one assist in four games (not surprising considering the injuries to both his wrists).
Giroux finished the 2012 playoffs with eight goals, nine assists and 17 points in 10 games.
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