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Report: Sean Couturier is “OK,” faces doctor visit Friday

May 4, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his hat trick goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 7-5. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers lost Game 3 by a score of 4-3 in OT to the New Jersey Devils, but they’re likely worried about losing a guy Jaromir Jagr compared to Ron Francis, too. Rookie forward Sean Couturier hobbled off the ice fairly early on Thursday, but RDS reports that he “should be OK” and a doctor will take a look at the situation on Friday.

There’s been some talk of a cut on his leg, although the only official word is the always-vague “lower-body injury.”

The young forward has shown some of Francis’ well-documented defensive acumen, but the comparison isn’t too accurate from an offensive standpoint anymore. (At least, at this point in his development.) All four of his points came in that April 13 game; his other eight postseason contests have been all-defense or nothing including seven consecutive pointless games.

Considering the impressive forward depth in Philly, it’s unlikely that the team can really blame this loss in the event that Couturier misses significant time and they drop the series to New Jersey. Their biggest problems are in net, on defense and apparently on the power play.

That doesn’t mean they won’t miss him, though.

  1. captjackwagon - May 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Oh no, Benjamin Buttons got hurt. Flyers are doomed…
    Please. It is amazing that two weeks ago, all of the storylines were bragging that Couturier was the next coming, and now “the comparison isn’t too accurate from an offensive standpoint “. Well, which is it? Even the “Greatest player on the planet” has not really been heard from. Can’t wait to hear the Philly fans start making excuses as to why. Amazing what happens when a team actually plays defense, and doesn’t let all of the Flyers stand in front of the net and get out hustled to the pucks.
    Can we start the “maybe next year” chants?

    • capitanseyth88 - May 4, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      still not sure why the pens’ fans are trolling. it’s been over a week. move on. you lost.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 4, 2012 at 5:49 AM

        1975 much?

      • dsd3 - May 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Need a life much?

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 4, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Bryz is SO HUMUNGOUS SMALL ! And Brodeur is done and the Flyers are not getting to him enough !

  3. heyzeus143 - May 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    capitanseyth88

    fine, go steelers! :-) it’s still fun to watch the flyers lose – see ya

  4. sjsharks66 - May 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Didn’t Pierre say everyone in the league is going to fear this guy someday? I won’t hold my breath.

    • jpelle82 - May 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      pierre is worse than some of these flyers fans on the message boards. he doesnt even try to hide his bias. cant wait til the game his bald midget ass gets hit with a puck

  5. couturierfellatesguys - May 4, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    my name tells his story. hes weak, hes ugly and he can’t hold craig adams jock strap in the nhl.

  6. billsfan13594 - May 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    2004

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance/_/year/2004

    That is all.

    • captjackwagon - May 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Thanks. I needed that. How long did it take you to look up one of the most irrelevant facts posted this week? Why 2004? I think this sums it up for the non-Philadelphia crowd…

      • whoyallis - May 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        he is merely saying that pens fans are bandwagon jumpers. which is 100% true.

    • jpelle82 - May 4, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      you homers do realize that pittsburgh has a population of around 300k and philly is over 1.6 million. you keep throwing this attendance thing around like it means something. pittsburgh just recently has been seeing economic recovery thanks to the medical and tech industries and are finally in the black at 0.8% GDP. and interestingly coinciding with your nhl attendance numbers, since 2005 they have experienced almost 4% in growth. geographically philly can benefit from sorrounding camden, wilmington, and a much denser metro population base with more money. its like comparing apples and oranges. pens fans have always been there, the money hasnt been though.

  7. couturierfellatesguys - May 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    1975 – now that is all

    • dsd3 - May 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      It would be really nice if that was all. But we all know you’ll be back posting inane comments on the next article on the Flyers too.

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        1975? I kind of think that was the year your father was born.

  8. irishphilly87 - May 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    This article and the writer is a total joke. When Jaromir (top 10 player o f all time) says something you should respect it. He dominated Malkin all series and had a hat trick what else do you need to show hes a two way forward? Couturier was ranked #1 prospect going into the year until an injury and thats why he fell to us in the draft. Hes going to be a stud for years. i love all the flyers hate on here its hilarious. Look at this team… Couturier 19, schenn 20, simmonds 23, wellwood 22, voracek 23 JVR 23, matt read 25, giroux 25, ALL STUDS for the next years to come together. briere most clutch player in the league, hartnell 37 goals. talbot proven winner n leader. timonen leader, coburn great defensemen, mezjaros so underrated. bryzgalov shows signs of being really good. he was the 1st star of the month in march hehad 4 shutouts in 5 games. this team i GURANTEE they will win a Cup this year or the next 2 or 3 seasons. just keep hating but youll see it

    • captjackwagon - May 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Your spelling and grammer are absolutely atrocious.
      Hard to take anything you say seriously. I “guarantee” you are the joke on this one.

      • penssuck - May 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Your a disgrace , now STFU and go back to your mommies basement and don’t come back out until she says so. There’s a limit to the amount of annoying trolling that someone can do on one article and u have passed that ten comments ago, so no offense but please STFU before your mom gets mad at u and grounds u. Little child.

        And irishphilly87, don’t even sweat retards like this, u made a legitimate point with facts to back it up, unlike the trash this guys been writing across the entire reply board. A young team full of stars on the rise and plenty of jealous haters, hating, because their lives are pathetic.

  9. whoyallis - May 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    2009 is about as relevant as 1975…

    i would hate couturier too if some 19yr old rookie completely dominated, frustrated, and almost completely shut down the limp-wristed #71

    • jpelle82 - May 4, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      frustrated yes but 8 pts is hardly “shut down” for a playoff series

    • captjackwagon - May 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      What would be relevant then?
      What is he doing this series? He has done nothing yet. I have never said I hated anyone.

      http://flyers.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8476461

      With stats like these (as annotated in the above website), how is he a phenom?
      We can continue this discussion in 10 years when you have something solid to talk about.

      Jeff Carter and Mike Richards just called and said to say thanks to the Flyer organization. All of you Flyer fans come up with all of these nebulous facts, when the only facts that matter are Stanley Cup wins. If you don’t have them, you are not a winner, and are not “winning”. (That is unless you are Charlie Sheen). The game is played for one reason, and one reason only. To win the Stanley Cup. Who cares what your team is or isn’t doing if they are not winning the cup? That is the overaqrching goal of the collective team. No? Seems simple enough to me.

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