The Philadelphia Flyers had their entire season to this point liquefied and handed to them in a single-game serving on Friday night. Vincent Lecavalier sustained facial injuries during the Washington Capitals total whitewash of the Flyers, while Steve Downie came up with a concussion in a fight.
More bad news on top of bad news for the Flyers.
Holmgren says Downie has a concussion from fight. Lecavalier has a facial injury and will miss time.
— Frank Seravalli (@DNFlyers) November 2, 2013
Lecavalier has been the best player for Philadelphia since returning from his first injury. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss, but more than a game or two could spell even more disaster for the Flyers.
Of course, the team just traded for Downie, who was making his debut for Philly this year. Clearly out to make a statement for his teammates and the city in general, he threw the gloves when the game was getting out of hand. He received a concussion for his trouble, and it’ll likely be a few days before the Flyers know how long they’ll be without the enforcer/goal-scoring forward.
Only Claude Giroux remains standing from the top-line trio now.
The injuries were made worse by the way that the Flyers lost to the Capitals. They didn’t look competitive in the slightest, as Washington took to the ice and straight up dominated Philly despite not having Alex Ovechkin in the lineup. The 7-0 final is just about everything you need to know about the game.
Philadelphia will look for a way to lick its wounds and come up with a better effort against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.