Flyers’ Couturier exits game after big hit from Ovechkin

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While the Philadelphia Flyers were still within striking distance of the Washington Capitals through 40 minutes, the big story for them thus far is the status of Sean Couturier.

The 23-year-old forward left the game midway through the second period with what looked like it might be a shoulder injury after absorbing a hard hit from Alex Ovechkin. He didn’t return and the Flyers are officially terming his injury as “upper body,” per the team’s Twitter feed.

We’ll still need to wait for more information about the severity of the injury, but if Couturier misses part or all of this series, it will be a serious blow for the Flyers. He’s a significant presence with the team, especially defensively.

Just to highlight how important he is to the Flyers, in terms of minutes per game he was second on the team among forwards in the regular season, behind only Claude Giroux.