PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux should have been intertwined this season as two of the NHL's brightest stars, competing for state supremacy, an MVP trophy and a Stanley Cup.
Yet, Crosby and Giroux were linked in back-to-back days this week for all the wrong reasons: Head injuries that have put their careers on hold.
Crosby, once the youthful face of the future of the NHL, is dealing with a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.
Giroux, the Flyers' star right winger who ascended to the points lead in Crosby's absence, suffered a concussion after a blow to the head. Both are out.
In fact, when the Flyers visit Crosby's Penguins on Dec. 29, one of the league's signature rivalry games could be dulled by the absence of the All-Star duo.