The Philadelphia Flyers are slowly but surely making their way back from a destructive 7-0 blowout loss to the Washington Capitals six days ago. Steve Downie spent two days in the hospital after fighting Aaron Volpatti during the massive line brawl, and all he has to show for his Philly debut is a massive shiner.
— Marcus Hayes (@inkstainedretch) November 7, 2013
That isn’t the kind of impression that Downie wanted to make as he took to the ice for the team that originally drafted him. He spoke to Sam Carchidi of Philly.com about the fight that lead to the busted eye:
When you blow your eye up like that and can’t see out of it,” it’s time to end it…You get hit like that, there’s no point to keep going. You get hit again in a spot like that , you never know what could happen. Things could get worse.
It was initially reported that Downie had a concussion and could miss a considerable amount of time, so the fact that he could return as soon as this weekend is a positive for a Flyers team that needs all the offensive help it can get right now.
The team is 1-1 since the incident against the Capitals and claim that the line brawl brought them closer as teammates. You wouldn’t know it by how they dropped their last game to the Carolina Hurricanes. They had the lead as the last few seconds were expiring off the clock. The Cardiac ‘Canes scored, and went on to win the contest in overtime.