Early in the third period of Friday's game between Anaheim and Philadelphia, Flyers rookie Claude Giroux carried the puck into the offensive zone and passed it off to a teammate trailing the play. As he turned and skated towards the middle of the ice, Giroux, a 2006 first-round pick, was blindsided by Corey Perry's elbow, as shown above.
Perry received a double-minor for high-sticking on the play, and upon further review by the NHL's czar of discipline, Colin Campbell, he's been handed a four-game suspension, costing him $114,000 in salary.
It's worth keeping in mind this four-game suspension is actually two games shorter than the punishment handed out to Sean Avery for making a sex joke. This, of course, proves once again that in Gary Bettman's NHL it's better to potentially end an opponents season -- or career -- than it is to make an off-color joke about an ex-girlfriend.
Perry is currently second on the Ducks in scoring with 34 points.
Anaheim's Corey Perry Suspended 4 Games for Elbowing Claude Giroux originally appeared on NHL FanHouse on Sun, 04 Jan 2009 14:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.