Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux was suspended earlier on Monday for Game 5 of the Flyers' NHL Playoff series with the New Jersey Devils for his second period hit on Dainius Zubrus in Game 4. Giroux was attempting to check Zubrus near the end of the period when his shoulder struck Zubrus' head. Giroux talked when the NHL's vice president and discipline czar Brendan Shanahan before the suspension was handed down.
Giroux said about the hit
"I'm not a dirty player. I'm not there to hurt anybody. I was just trying to finish my hit."
Giroux also said his conversation with Shanahan lasted about 15-20 minutes and that he told him about the play and that his elbow was down. Giroux didn't remember ever hitting another player in the head on a check.
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