Not only did the Philadelphia Flyers lose on the ice, but their seemingly never-ending stream of injuries came back in full force. Scott Hartnell left the game after just 4 shifts and 3:38 TOI with an apparent upper-body injury. Vincent Lecavlier played through 2 periods, totaling 12 shifts and 12:43 before leaving with a lower-body injury.
From GM Paul Holmgren:
“Scott has an upper-body injury, it will keep him out at least a week. Vinny has a lower-body injury that he’s probably going to be out a week as well.”
The Flyers have called up Michael Raffl and Tye McGinn, both wingers, from the Phantoms. They will be with the team tonight in Detroit.
While the struggles of injuries were used as an excuse last year, the team realizes that isn’t the case anymore.
During the post-game press conference, head coach Craig Berube got frustrated when asked about the injuries’ impact on the team: “It’s tough, but it doesn’t matter, does it? You gotta win hockey games.” Captain Claude Giroux added, “Yeah, they’re obviously huge for our team. You know, it’s time for guys to step up, myself included. I know we had our chances, we just have to put the puck in the net.”
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