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Flyers slide into tie for last in East, Simmonds has head injury

Feb 1, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals scores on Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period of an NHL hockey at Verizon Center on February 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals had all of three wins between them going into Friday’s game.

The two slumping juggernauts were scoreless through the first half of the contest, but sparks had been flying well before the first goal.

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was knocked out of the game late in the first period after absorbing a high elbow by Capitals defenseman John Erskine.

“It looked dirty when I first saw it,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, according to Washington Times reporter Stephen Whyno. “Tough hit.”

Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo and Washington’s Matt Hendricks got into a fight as a result of the incident and both combatants were ejected from the game. However, Erskine wasn’t punished for his actions.

The silver lining is that Simmonds doesn’t appear to have a concussion based on the initial tests, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi, but he’s still suffering from a head injury and whiplash. Additionally, he’ll have to be tested again tomorrow.

Consequently, Philadelphia probably won’t have Simmonds on Sunday and right now they could use all the help they can get. Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer, and Wojtek Wolski each found the back of the net to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers.

With this victory, Washington has leapfrogged over Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference standings. To make matters worse, the Carolina Hurricanes also surpassed the Flyers by shutting out Ottawa tonight.

Philadelphia is now tied with the Florida Panthers for last place in the Eastern Conference, although the Flyers have played in one additional game.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Not looking good. The team has to start focusing on D first because the goals aren’t coming. The Flyers were heavily out-played for most of the game. I’m not sure what they can do to change the lack of favorable results.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      As a Caps fan, I hope that the “C” doesn’t do to Giroux what it’s done to Ovechkin. I know it’s just a letter and all, but it is really mindboggling how some players go from superstar to underachiever just by wearing it. I hope he can find his itch again. Great player, the team just can’t catch a break. Glad to hear the Simmonds doesn’t have a concussion too.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        It’s a legitimate concern. One that I had. We shall see. G and Ovi are way too skilled for them to become ‘average’ players.

  2. jimw81 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    im wondering what happens first a)trade or b) a coaching change. this team hasn’t adjusted in a game since the devils series.

    • crosberries - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      How about a captain change? After the game giroux said “uhh this C is just sooo heavy can someone else take it for a little bit?”

      • jimw81 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        he covering up for his own team mates mistakes all over ice and not worried about his game. plus having the ‘C’ is the most overrated thing in hockey besides the +/- stat. the only thing a captain does is that acts rep for the coach on ice to talk to the refs.

      • govtminion - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        The ‘C’ IS overrated, but there’s no question that some players have reacted poorly to having it. Both Patrick Marleau and Mike Modano played better after having it removed, and I’d be interested in seeing if the same happened for Alex Ovechkin someday.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        Typical troll assessment by a clueless Pens fan. Didnt watch the game but that won’t stop him from sharing his uninformed opinion. This loss is hardly on the shoulders of Giroux.

      • logicczech - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:47 AM

        Yeah philliphanatic – it’s the pens fault the flyers suck. we can only take credit for 2 points so far, but stand by…………………

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        jimw81, Cs act as reps for coach to talk to refs on ice is true only in minor hockey. At the professional level their responsibilities are far greater. The amount of responsibility evolves as the age and elite league level increases.

      • melonheadsdaddy - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Logic where did anyone say its the pens fault the flyers are playing poorly? Due the pens impending cup win I’m not sure why you are being so sensative…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Yes because somewhere in my post I blamed the Pens for everything. It’s the Pens fault we won’t shoot! It’s the Pens fault the PP sucks! It’s the Pens fault Simmonds got destroyed in front of two refs with no call! It all because of Crosby! Probably the most unrealistic statement on this page logicczech.

  3. illadelphiasphinest - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Chip n chase, and teriible passing. I think the league has caught onto your game plan Lavs. The passisng is terrible in both decision making and execution. Every pass is cross ice, and or in the skates. Its hard to watch right now.

    • jimw81 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      i agree. his jam has turned into jelly. i dont understand why he doesnt play Sestio. O that’s right, he doesn’t believe in fighting. my bad. Flyers haven’t made in-games since pens series. Giroux needs to stop doing too much for covering up for other players mistakes on the ice.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I agree completely ! For some reason Lavy does not like to put a 6 foot 7 extra extra heavy weight on the bench either ! In G you have a top ten player in the league who is starting to get punked around ! They are really not a big team and sometimes the intangible of say like a John Scott 9the guy I wanted ) on the bench makes people play bigger ! Shelly Sestito come on man these guys are midgets compared to the modern day enforcer ! lavy your wasting to spots with Shell and Sestito when one monster can go farther !

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I’m not usually a Rinaldo fan. His play reminds me too much of Carcillo. But that was awesome. Just a total ass-kicking. You could see the anger in his face for the blatantly illegal elbow on Simmonds. And he was asked after the game what he could have done differently because of his game misconduct following the Refs fake puck drop, he said: “throw harder”. Thought that was funny. But clearly I would’ve rather not lost Simmonds and another game.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Problem is that he fought the wrong do. Hendricks wasn’t the culprit.

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        Yeah well if you think he whooped up on Hendricks, imagine the hurtin he would’ve put on Erskine. They went goon for goon really. Angrier goon won.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        No doubt.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Comparing Renaldo to Carcillo proves you don’t know a thing about hockey ! The slight differences between the two are huge, only a trained professional like myself can see !

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Really? The total lack of discipline, the constant need to hit someone (clean or not), the complete unawareness of the game situation (usually), cocky attitude, the inability to just play hockey. I’d say they’re very similar. I guess your expert eyes sees something no one else can.

  5. hockeyissweet - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    and down goes hendrix! only exciting part of of the game. someones gettin traded.

    • psu4me - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Backstroms goal was pretty slick but Im looking at it from a caps perspective

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        It was but I think most players could’ve scored on that. The one time I actually want the Flyers to chip and chase Couturier decides to carry it through traffic during a line change. Bryz has been solid all season but he’s proven in shootouts that he’s not equipped to stop a sniper 1-on-1. Terrible play by the Flyers.

  6. hockeyfan28 - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I remember just a few years ago when a pretty damn good coach in Ken Hitchcock went into a similar slump to start a year and he was promptly given his exit……Peter Laviolette is getting very very dangerously close to this especially with a guy named Rick Tocchett working for the flyers post game lurking around in the backround.

  7. themagicfanguy - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Bolts are winning the Cup!

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      I forgot the cup was handed out 8 games into the season.

  8. paresident21 - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    As a flyers fan, I don’t want to see a trade. This team is young up,front with NHL caliber talent, it’s the back end that hurts them. I would rather hold on to the assets and start drafting some D. But with holm green as GM our first two picks will be traded for someone then we will trade him away the next year for scraps aka Versteeg

  9. steelers88 - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    I knew the Flyers were bad but I didn’t think they were this bad!

  10. friedberg7 - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Flyers should trade Brayden Schenn, Timonen and a 1st rounder for P.K. Subban and Montreal’s 1st rounder. Timonen shouldn’t be resigned next year because of the cap going down four mil and he is old. He would account for depth for Montreal the rest of this year and probably let go as well. Schenn is ok but starting to wonder if he will pan out as a first line star. Him and his brother are highly overrated because of their name. Subban isn’t going to stay in Montreal very long. Only a matter of time before other teams look to trade the farm to get him. If Philly can turn it around with Subban their 1st round pick will be less valuable to Montreal. And hell, maybe Montreal will nose dive and their 1st round pick will become more valuable to Philly. Haha yeah this might look crazy but think about it.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      I don’t think there’s a more overrated name than Subban.

  11. wisdomnfl - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Looks like Philly just doesn’t have it this year. Rebuilding time.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Rebuilding?? That’s the most ridiculous and fairweather statement I’ve heard all week. No wonder why Philly fans get a bad rep for being disloyal…ride it out bro. They’ll be back sooner than you think…

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      When all is said and done it’s been 8 games. Their play has been bad but there aren’t a lot of options. The Kings couldn’t buy a goal all season last year (with a talented roster), they snuck into the playoffs then couldn’t be stopped. I’m not saying the Flyers are winning the cup, obviously, but at the end of the day, no matter how frustrating their play is, there’s still talent on this team. The Flyers have been so frustrating but also we haven’t had any luck. Think about how many goals have deflected off Flyers and in. Have we gotten a lucky bounce? Maybe Couturier against Tampa. And just think about the puck that bounced right over Schenns stick last night leading to the winning goal. Injuries, poor officiating, and just plain old unlucky bounces haven’t made it any easier for a struggling team.

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    To be honest, I do enjoy watching these 2 teams struggle. Washington: from the moment Ov came in the league I never believed he was a franchise player a la Giroux, Toews, Crosby etc…. When e Pens beat the Caps in the conference final and Crosby out played Ov in game seven was another indication that Ov could not lead the team to the highest honors and was Boudreau wasn’t the coach who can do it either. Boudreau now gone they need to get rid of Ov.

    I like the flyers play and work ethics. But, those fans, OMG…. The things we read here are so tinted with partisanship, and they always resort to name calling when they lack hockey related arguments when justifying why the Flyers are the best team, especially when comparing them to the arch rivals in PA.

    • mp1113 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      pretty sure ovi had like 14 points that series and a hat trick

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      He may have had 14 pays, but he was outplayed in game 7 by Crosby and he failed to lead the team to the SCF.

  13. matthewmacisaac - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    If the Flyers learn how to complete a line change and stop taking stupid penalties, they’ll turn it around. Two weeks into the season and they’re still screwing that up? Couts screwed one and another too many men penalty in one game, too costly. Then Luke Schenn screws up badly twice. This is easily correctable, but it should be corrected already. How many games are they going to give away before they wake up. They just screwed up a game against a team that was struggling. It means they are struggling more. This is just pathetic.

  14. unklepaulhargus - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Coots to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan

  15. wisdomnfl - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Flyers have become too soft.

  16. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    14 pts

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