The Philadelphia Flyers may have scored a convincing win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, but the good news ended there.
The Flyers announced afterward that forward Wayne Simmonds, who scored his 28th goal of the season earlier in the evening, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald were both done for the season due to injuries suffered against the Blackhawks.
In Simmonds’ case, he suffered a lower-body injury. MacDonald suffered an upper-body injury.
But surely as the evening continued, more details have leaked out.
From CSN Philadelphia:
The injuries leave two roster spots open. Vinny Lecavalier is currently the only healthy extra player at the Flyers’ disposal. Defenseman Luke Schenn has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury and forward R.J. Umberger had season-ending surgery last week on his hip and abdomen.
The team could recall Brandon Manning, who was just returned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last week after a short stint with the FLyers, to take MacDonald’s place. Forwards Jason Akeson, Scott Laughton and Petr Straka could be called up as an extra option on offense.
From almost out of nowhere, Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo and Philadelphia Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare dropped the gloves early in the third period of the Flyers’ 4-1 win on Wednesday.
For the 30-year-old Bellemare, of France, that appears to be his first fight in the NHL, according to his profile on the league’s website. The fight happened during a stoppage in play, while both teams were making line changes. It’s believed the Flyers were unhappy with Carcillo, believing he embellished a high stick called against Philadelphia’s Carlo Colaiacovo earlier in the period.
A week-long, four-game road trip has come to an end for the Chicago Blackhawks, as they were unable to put added distance between them and the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division standings following Wednesday’s result.
The Blackhawks, third in the Central Division but now only three points ahead of the Wild, lost to the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 4-1. The visiting Blackhawks briefly made things interesting with an early third-period goal, but Philadelphia never relinquished its lead.
Steve Mason made 34 saves for the win, which ends a brief two-game skid for him.
For the Flyers, they’re not eliminated from playoff contention but it would take a minor miracle for them to qualify for the post-season. They do, however, possess a player in a fierce battle for the league lead in points.
Jakub Voracek entered this game with 73 points, one back of Sidney Crosby and John Tavares, both out of action on Wednesday. Voracek tied both players in the second period, as he made a beautiful pass to Claude Giroux, who tipped the puck off the cross bar and in, giving the Flyers a three-goal lead late in the second period.
According to reports, that was Giroux’s first home goal at five-on-five this season.
As we near the end of the season, the race for the league lead in points is getting crowded.
Jakub Voracek has joined Sidney Crosby and John Tavares with 74 points after the Philadelphia Flyers set up teammate Claude Giroux for a beautiful deflection goal in the second period of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. That gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.
The last time Taylor Hall scored a goal prior to Wednesday was back on Jan. 9. Yeah, it’s been a while, as a foot injury kept him out of the Edmonton Oilers lineup for 23 games.
On Wednesday, he came racing down the left side and ripped a wrist shot that somehow found its way by Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, giving Edmonton a 3-0 lead in the first period.
Varlamov was pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots in the first 9:36 of the opening period.