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Video: Zuccarello catches Giroux with big hit

Apr 26, 2014, 12:16 AM EDT

Claude Giroux guaranteed a victory over the Rangers in Game 4, and got it — but it didn’t come without a price.

The Flyers captain appeared to be shaken up at the end of the 2-1 win on this check from New York forward Mats Zuccarello with seven minutes remaining:

Giroux did return to play a pair of shifts to finish the game and, afterward, admitted he didn’t see the collision coming.

“To be honest, I didn’t see it,” Giroux said, per the Winnipeg Sun. “Even when he hit me, I didn’t know where he was.”

Zuccarello said there was no malicious intent on the play.

“It’s a normal hit,” he explained. “[Giroux] jumps and I don’t think it’s a bad hit. I just went for his body.”

  1. lowenni - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Big hit from the little guy. Love Zucc, and I hate the Rangers.

  2. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    It was a hip to hip the also caught G’s knee. Unfortunately, it was a clean hit.

    Oh, and Mason killed it!! 38/39

  3. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    My bad, 37/38

  4. flyerspsu - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Good hit, big fan of Zucc and the way he plays

  5. maalea - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Good clean hit

  6. macgrubie - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Thought it was knee on knee when i saw it but doesn’t appear so. Gotta respect AV’s coaching on having the rags play Giroux hard as can be. I really hope he’s okay to play to his potential and finds a way… or Voracek and Hartnell HAVEt to step up and take advantage of the them focusing on Giroux. Just hope Giroux’s not too banged up to play effectively…

  7. billiam55 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    for a guy his size, he plays with big heart. love zucc

  8. jaybyrd99 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Imagine Zuc’s heart in Nash’s body ! What a playoff player Nash would be . He can’t close and now has just a goal in 16 ranger playoffs games( none this round) . Not acceptable in my opinion.

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