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Giroux injured in Germany

Friday was a strange day for the Flyers' two stars skating in Germany: neither Claude Giroux nor Danny Briere registered a point in their 4-3 overtime loss with Eisbaren Berlin, a definite rarity for two players who have taken the German Elite League by storm.

More importantly, Giroux suffered a neck injury as a result from a check to the head, which required him to leave the game and be sent to the hospital by team doctors for evaluation.

In messages exchanged late on Saturday night in Berlin time, Giroux told the Daily News that it was "just a little neck injury" and to "not read too much into it."

He said he was feeling fine. As far as a timetable, Giroux said he couldn't guess, but published reports in Germany suggested he could return to practice as soon as Tuesday.

Giroux, 24, has 19 points in 9 games for Berlin.

LOCKOUT UPDATE: The NHL and NHLPA are tentatively scheduled to resume negotiations on Monday night in New York to end an 8-day hiatus in talks. On Thursday, the NHL had suggested a two-week moratorium in talks.

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