Anaheim's Corey Perry Suspended 4 Games for Elbowing Claude Giroux
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.