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Giroux practices with Flyers in Denver

DENVER - For the first time since he suffered a concussion on Dec. 10, star center Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers on Sunday.

Giroux skated hard, but wore a yellow no-contact jersey at the Pepsi Center in Denver, where the Flyers will play on Monday night.

"He looked good," coach Peter Laviolette said. "To get him back on the ice I think is a lift for everybody. He's an extremely important part of our team, and to see him back on the ice, that's a positive."

Despite missing the last three games, Giroux shares the NHL lead with 39 points.

This is the second concussion of Giroux's NHL career. In 2008, he was concussed on Jan. 2 when struck by Corey Perry's stick in Anaheim. Giroux missed the next five games and was back in the lineup 13 days later.

The Flyers recalled center Ben Holmstrom from the Phantoms, and he will likely play Monday because of a head injury sustained to Sean Couturier in Saturday's 6-0 loss to Boston. Holmstrom didn't arrive in time for Sunday's practice, but was expected to get to Denver later in the day.

Couturier was released from the hospital Sunday morning, and general manager Paul Holmgren said it is still unknown whether he suffered a concussion.

With Couturier and Giroux out with head injuries, the Flyers have scrambled their lines. At Sunday's practice, Danny Briere centered Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr; Matt Read, who has been playing wing, centered Wayne Simmonds and Tom Sestito; Max Talbot centered James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek; and Harry Zolnierczyk centered Jody Shelley and Zack Rinaldo.

Sestito is expected to be sent back to the Phantoms, and Holmstrom figures to play center on one of the lines.

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