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Sean Couturier knocked out of game after puck in the head

Dec 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

Sean Couturier AP

It’s getting ridiculous in Philadelphia.

Rookie Sean Couturier left today’s game against Boston in the first period after taking a puck off the side of his head. Kimmo Timonen‘s slap shot from the point ran a bit high and caught Couturier on the left side of his helmet. With a potential head injury, Couturier was taken out of the game.

If Couturier is knocked out of action with a concussion, he’ll be the fourth Flyers player to be put out of action with one. Chris Pronger, Claude Giroux, and Brayden Schenn are all currently on the shelf as it is with concussions and adding Couturier to the mix would only make life that much harder on the Flyers.

As it is, the Flyers are relying heavily on their minor league depth and digging into that any further will push their ability to hang on to their lead in the Eastern Conference.

  1. mornelithe - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Don’t think it hit the helmet, replays showed it may have hit just below the helmet right below the ear to the back of the head. Not a pretty shot to take, glad to see he was able to get off the ice on his own though.

    That having been said, Bruins played a great game. Go B’s!

  2. rexadelphia8 - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    This is bullshit, holmgren and snider better make some good moves. Now is the time. Our team is depleted every game. And for you bruin fan..eat a dick!

    • drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      Hahahaha classy. What we’ve come to expect from whiny Philly fans. Holy sour grapes.

      The Bruins won the Cup without their #1 center the entire year. Man up.

      • 8man - Dec 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        Actually Rex, if you are quoting Fitzy, I think you meant to say, “Eat a bag of dicks!”

        But hey, no worries, it was a rough day, we B’s fans don’t take it personally. Besides, when it is all said and done, it may be the Flyers who actually created the monster that the Bruins have become.

      • ml3939 - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

        Claude Giroux is a stud. Marc Savard is no where close to Giroux in talent. The Bruins are an excellent team but do not have a forward of Giroux’s caliber so there is no comparison with the two being out of the line up. Then throw in Pronger who is comparable to Chara even at this stage of his career. I am pretty sure the B’s aren’t winning a cup without Chara in the line up. If you were a Pens fan I would have no argument. Instead you are just an idiot B’s fan.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        And if Savard hadn’t been out the whole season, they wouldn’t have been able to get Horton. They effectively replaced Savard for the playoffs, and hadn’t exactly tore it up all regular season without him.

    • mornelithe - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      Nah, looks like the Flyers are better at taking shots to the head than any Bruin fan. By the way, it wasn’t the Bruins who smashed their own teammate in the back of the head with a slap shot.

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Shot looked to have hit him in the ear, really hard. I hope he’ll make a full recovery.

  4. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    You can always tell when the homers show up, because they downthumb any comment made by the opposing team’s fan base.

    • mornelithe - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      Well, I’m sure Rex is pretty disappointed in what’s transpiring on his team. So, that’s understandable. Still, kinda strange to be pissed at the Bruins when someone on the Flyer’s caused the injury.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        Agreed.

  5. chaseutley - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    If you’re scoring at home, that’s….
    – A HOF defenseman.
    – The league’s leading scorer.
    – And out 2 most highly touted rookies
    ….. all on the shelf with head injuries at the same time.

    At least we’ve stored up a nice little nest-egg of points. Otherwise, I’d start worrying about the playoffs.

  6. pastabelly - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    The Flyers are going nowhere with that team. What a spanking on their own ice. B’s are rolling again.

  7. whistler1217 - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    As a Wild fan I feel your pain Philly. But at the same time, keep using that AHL depth and stay strong and confident. After the first 24/7 episode i’ve grown to like/appreciate Philly. Damn would it be awesome to see a Wild/Flyers Stanley Cup Finals. Go Wild!

  8. whistler1217 - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    To the Boston fans, you have already gotten your BoSox, Bruins, Patriots and Celtics championships recently. Not that I expect you not to want more, and Philly has had the Phillies titles too, but its about time for some Minny good luck.

    • mornelithe - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

      It’s not about what the fans want, it’s about what the players work for.

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