Radko Gudas (Accidentally?) Punched Flyers' Teammate Claude Giroux In The Face At The World Championships
To be quite honest, I'm struggling to understand why Claude Giroux looks so pissed off. He can wipe that scowl right off his face and Czech himself, because those Fly-by fisticuffs were a result of his own damn negligence. Maybe I could understand why he would be upset after having someone who is usually his teammate reach out and sucker punch him right in the kisser for no apparent reason during a relatively meaningless international tournament...if that teammate was anyone other than Radko Gudas.
I watched this clip and my first question was whether or not Claude Giroux can still be trusted in his own end of the ice, because his defensive awareness is clearly starting to wane. If there is anyone - and I mean anyone - that should know a fist to the face is coming when within a one arm radius of Radko Gudas then it's a guy that watches him do similar shit during upwards of 75 (give or a take a few for suspension) Flyers games per year. Surely this altercation will be held over his head come training camp, but once the season starts the same crap will be celebrated by the victim who just found out what's it like to get Broad Street Bullied.
As far as I am concerned, this is just one of those unfortunate situations where you (literally) have to bite your tongue and accept that you could have done a better job keeping yourself out of harm's way- even if all you did was casually skate within the general vicinity of your resident goon. At this point in his career it's no longer Radko Gudas responsibility to be aware of whose mug he's bashing, and that's largely because he's been encouraged to illegally target any and all members of the opposition by the guy that serves as his captain throughout a vast majority of the calendar. Claude Giroux was at least partially liable in creating this monster, so it's not ridiculous to expect him to keep his head on a swivel and avoid it's wrath.
Maybe licking away a little blood from inside his lower lip will make the light bulb go on and Claude Giroux will finally realize that taking a bunch dumbass penalties doesn't help win NHL games either. Eh, who am I kidding? We'll be looking at the same old self-inflicting Flyers once they get back to Philadelphia. At least they stopped impregnating each other's sisters. Baby steps, I guess.