Crosby Critical of Giroux Hit on Letang

Kris Letang left in the 2nd period of Friday's game following a hit from Claude Giroux

Josh Rowntree
April 13, 2018 - 11:30 pm
Kris Letang left during the 2nd period on Friday following a hit from Claude Giroux.

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - During the second period of Friday’s 5-1 loss to Philadelphia in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang left the game after a hard collision with Flyers captain Claude Giroux. 

Giroux was bumped into and turned around by Penguins captain Sidney Crosby before appearing to further elevate his back into Letang’s chest, catching Letang’s face with his right elbow. 

No penalty was given to Giroux. Letang, cupping blood in his left hand, went straight to the locker room before returning later. 

“I didn’t see it,” Letang said. “It happened pretty quickly, but I didn’t see it.”

A year ago, Letang missed the Penguins run to a second consecutive Stanley Cup due to neck surgery. He has also dealt with multiple concussions in his career. 

“I don’t know,” Letang replied when asked if he had to go to concussion protocol. “I just came in and had a little chat. I felt good enough to come back.”

Giroux appeared concerned for Letang after the play.

“I didn’t see a replay,” he said. “Everything happened pretty quick. Crosby kind of bumped me and then a guy went through, and I saw, I think it was Letang. I braced myself. It was just a reaction. You hate to see a guy go down like that, so I’m glad he came back.”

Though Giroux claimed innocence, the hit though did not sit well with at least one of Letang’s teammates. 

"I thought he hit him high,” Crosby said after the game. “I'm sure the league will look at it, but I thought it was a pretty high hit."

Not everyone was as forthcoming as Crosby.

"I have an opinion, but I'm not going to share it," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. 

With the series tied, the Penguins and Flyers will resume action Sunday in Philadelphia.