Giroux: 'I'm not a dirty player'

Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (R) skates past New Jersey Devils' Dainius Zubrus as he lies on...

Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek (R) skates past New Jersey Devils' Dainius Zubrus as he lies on the ice after being hit by Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux last night. (REUTERS)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

NEWARK, N.J. - Claude Giroux does not believe he deserves any kind of suspension for his penalized head shot on Dainus Zubrus in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

In fact, he was surprised that there was any kind of possible suspension talk post-game after the Flyers 4-2 loss to New Jersey Devils Sunday night at the Prudential Center.

“I’m not a dirty player,” said the Flyers captain. “I don’t hit guys in the head. I was trying to finish my hit.”

Giroux was actually frustrated on the play because he thought Martin Brodeur should have been penalized for playing the puck in an illegal spot on the ice. While skating up ice he yelled as a game official, and tangled with Patrik Elias before launching his shoulder into Zubrus’ head.

Giroux was penalized two minutes for an illegal check to the head.

It isn’t known if the NHL will further look at the play on Monday.

Meanwhile, Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette wouldn’t deal with the Giroux situation in any way.

“Speculation,” he termed it, when asked about it during his post game. “Your speculation.”

 


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