After the game, it was announced that Giroux suffered a cut to the back of his leg, but had no significant damage. Frank Seravalli reported that Giroux would be probable for their game against the Devils tomorrow, and that Steve Mason said that kevlar socks saved Giroux from some serious damage. I'm pretty certain that Mason isn't just pushing some kevlar sock manufacturer, so it might be time for the NHL and Reebok to consider making these socks mandatory.
Thankfully, Giroux is alright. If you're a little queasy with some blood, the next part of this article may not be for you. It ups the gross factor by ten. Or more.
Referee Mike Leggo is a respected NHL veteran official, having been with the NHL since 1996-97. He was chosen to work the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, so you know the guy has this refereeing stuff down. This past year, he worked his 1000th NHL game when the Oilers played the Kings at Staples Center on October 14. Mike Leggo is a true professional when it comes to his work.
Leggo was working the Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh game tonight when he was overcome by the urge to throw up. Officials do their best to keep themselves out of the limelight when ti comes to the games - including playing through illness - but Mike Leggo couldn't hold it in last night. Again, I warn you about this next image. It's not for the faint of heart.
The first NHL night of 2015 with blood and vomit. We're in for a great second-half of this season based on the first Friday night of 2015!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!