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Updated: Flyers’ Read suffers ‘upper body injury’ against Penguins

Feb 20, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read left Wednesday’s game with an “upper body injury” against the Pittsburgh Penguins and will not return.

According to, Read took a puck off the chest in the first period.

Read, 26, has a team-high seven goals and was tied with Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn with 13 points. It appears as though an update should come tomorrow.

The Flyers held to beat the Penguins 6-5. Philadelphia twice went up by a pair of goals in the third period, but Pittsburgh actually tied things up five goals apiece with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.

Thirty-two seconds after the Penguins tied it, Flyers’ winger Jakub Voracek scored the winner.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    simply G & Matt Read is cool !

  2. mclovinhockey - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Get well man. Hope it’s just a bruise.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      a head bruise maybe? malkin laid him out, he got up and finished his shift which makes me think its a concussion he didnt realize right off the bat

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    The penguins have come up with a new thing its called the stick and dive when ever a stick is within 5 inches of your face hit the ice !

    • jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      this was by far the most high sticks i’ve seen in a game in a while, both called and not called and on both sides.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      Right…because the entire league knows that the Cryers couldn’t POSSIBLY be commiting actual penalties, right?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        And the horn sounds and the underdog Philadelphia FLYERS come into pitt and once again hand the cup favorites another lose in their new building that must sting like a biiiiiiiiiiiiatch !

  4. hockeyfan28 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Holy cow GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!!

    • sabatimus - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      This is seriously one of the most ridiculous, exciting, and funniest games I’ve seen in a long time. I mean, how many consecutive minutes did the Flyers have to kill, even WITH the goal? Like 5 or more? And they WON the game.

      And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

      • hockeyfan28 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        I’m tellin ya sabatimus these two are maybe the best rivalry in sports the NFL playoffs
        got nothing on these two

      • bowman20 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        My guess is Hockeywithdrawal was the only thumbs down. Doesn’t know or appreciate the sport or its rivalries. Ever post of his shows all the examples needed.

      • bowman20 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM


  5. 950003cups - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Nice job Philly! Putting those diving dirtbags in their place! I’ve never seen so much diving in a game that didn’t involve a pool and spring board. I think I saw some soccer players in the stands with a pen and notepad.

    • sabatimus - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I don’t know how true this is, but this comment makes me laugh really hard.

    • pens5829 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Whoa? He’s back! The “I HATE COOKE” crying troll? You’ll fit right in with this Filthy crowd.

  6. steelers88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    I will be a classy Pens fan and congratulate the Flyers and their fans on a great win. It was a sloppy game for both teams. But man it was on HELL of a game!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Much appreciated. No question the Flyers needed it more. But you’re right when these two teams it seems that all fundamentals go out the window. Just a helluva game. My heart was in my throat on those consecutive PKs. When the Flyers and the Pens play no lead is safe. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad in that matchup.

      On another note, I really hope that Read isn’t out for long. Please be a bruise! We can ill afford to lose a player like Read who is so important on the PP and PK, along with playing on the top line. Fingers crossed.

  7. malkinrulez - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Great game to watch , would have rather seen Flower in goal against a rival but someone smarter than me makes those calls

    • jpelle82 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      i wanted vokoun because i knew it was gonna be like this with no d in front of him. keep fleury out of it, keep his head right, he has been playing real well lately. that being said, i have never seen a goalie so out of position tonight ever than i saw out of vokoun. he was everywhere but in the crease, 3 goals were directly his fault by being out of position.

    • paresident21 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      I thought he was out due to the flu? Was it coaches decision?

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Fleury practiced this morning and was dressed for backup on the bench, so I’m pretty positive it was coach’s decision. If he had the flu they’d keep him away from the rest of the team. Way too contagious to risk spreading it.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Fleury is 0-5 against the Flyers on home ice. It probably would have ended the same way regardless of who was between the pipes. I thought they should have pulled Vokoun after the 4th or 5th goal, but it’s easy to say Flower would have done better when he was just sitting on the bench. I won’t be surprised if they start him next time now that they know Vokoun isn’t really bringing anything else that Fleury wasn’t.

    • flyboys12 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      It honestly surprised me Vokoun stayed in/even started. I found it hilarious on the first goal, with Vokoun out by the face off circle and almost every other player in the crease/goal flailing around like they were attempting to swim for the first time. May have been the first time I laughed out loud at a game. It looked like complete chaos.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        At one point I thought I might have even saw Bryz in that dog pile. There was seriously a point where Vokoun was the farthest person from the net, and every single other player was blocking him out in front of him. That’s the kind of tenacity that makes the rivalry so great, though. Not only the Flyers pushing to get the goal, but the Pens holding it off for as long as they did. I mean, there was about a 10 second period where Vokoun wasn’t even in the net, yet the Pens were keeping the puck out of the net after Letang initially pushed it off the goal line. I felt like every Flyer on the ice should have just got an assist for that goal. I don’t know how they ended up singling anybody out to give it to them specifically.

  8. steelers88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Cue completely unreasonable panic (again) by Pens fans.

  9. macjacmccoy - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Lets see if the media finally wakes up since the first 2 weeks of the season. The Flyers were under performing at the start of the season and the media has ran that narrative ever sense . Even though the Flyers are 6-3-1 through their last 10 games. I for 1 didnt expect them to perform any better then that before the season.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      They played their worst game of the season in Toronto a week ago and their own team captain felt the need to speak through the media about his disappointment with their performance. They were sitting towards the basement of the standings not too long ago, and just within the last 4 or 5 days have put themselves in a possible playoff position for the first time this season. I wouldn’t exactly say the media created the story of “the underperforming Flyers”. Any time a team like the Flyers isn’t in a playoff position, they are underperforming. period. Looks like they might be back, though. Only time will tell.

  10. paresident21 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Nothing against the classy pens fans but Where’s hockeywithdrawal??? He’s always the first to comment how much the flyers suck. How’s that one taste you punk nowhere to be found when ur precious penguins lose. Nothing to say now?

    • pens5829 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Probably about as good as that 3-1 loss you had opening day at home.

  11. ironcitydonnieiris - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Speedy recovery to Read. Hockey is not the same when a team loses a player (of course, Philly came out tonite).
    Key play of the game. Malkins no goal. Would love to hear thoughts on it. Obviously I have black and gold glasses, but what do we think?
    I believe Toronto had to make the call,as there was no concrete evidence (video) that showed the puck past the line. The angle behind Malkin showed (in my opinion) the glove and puck in the goal far enough for the goal, but the angle didn’t show proof. If roles were reversed, I’d be happy for the stop, but deep down would know it was just a lucky break on the camera angles with no real proof.
    Not making excuses, Pens lost, but curious on what hockey fans thought.
    Congrats on a hell of a win for the Flyers. A great rivalry deserves great games. And both teams stepped up to entertain us and played as any rivalry would expect, both sides did. Hope to see the matchup deep in the playoffs.

    • paresident21 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      I am at work and unfortunately did not see any video of the game, I was listening to the flyers radio broadcast and what they were saying on the radio was it was absolutely a goal, again I didn’t see it but the flyers broadcasters said goal so I’m surprised that it was called a no goal.

    • cavafox - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      It was a goal but there was no angle to show it.

      Ultimately Malkin got the PP goal anyhow so I don’t really think it meant much in the long run.

      Now… Vokoun…WTF is all I have to say. Handing 3 goals to the flyers on a silver platter.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        He needs to play in the f-ing net. Twice in this game he came out of the net which directly cost the Pens goals, and he tried to play the puck in Washington and scored that goal on his own net. The Pens should have won that game 5-3. I felt like after the 4th or 5th goal they should have pulled him. He did not play well at all. The Pens have struggled to come back after they lose a lead and also get offense out of their bottom 2 lines, so him letting in that goal at the end was just an extra slap in the face to the offense. Sutter really delivered. Would have just been a great moment for him in his very first Pens-Flyers game at Consol to tie it at the last minute like that.

      • cavafox - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM


        His first few games, he looked calm, cool, collected. Now, he looks like rookie Fleury, flying out of the net at every chance to play pucks everywhere. Flopping around like a dying fish.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      I actually didn’t think it was that big of a turning point. He ended up scoring another goal on the same exact power play a minute or so later. I did think it was pretty clear it was a goal though. So I was really shocked when it was called off. In the head’s on replay you can see Bryz squish the whole puck behind the goal post. I thought Simmonds first goal was the biggest turning point in momentum. After that, the Pens got thrown off their game a little and the Flyers started rolling.

  12. btlpper68 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Disappointed to see vokoun let in a squeaker like that after what went on but holy cow that was a game

  13. steelers88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I do agree hockeywithdrawl should man up.

  14. chrisk61 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    what a gm. what momentum changes. but both goalies were terrible late in the gm. bottom line is flyers W, huge 2 pts and hopefully stabilization for them. pens are the flyers b****es til proven otherwise.

  15. chrisk61 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    as flyers enter the consol energfy center: cyndi !! daddy’s home !! what’s for dinner ?? and are you wearing that see-through apron as i instructed ??

  16. cavafox - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    There was a lot of crap that the refs let go during the game. Cross checks and plenty of high sticks only about half called. The only hit that REALLY made me stop and think was when Rinaldo came out of the box and charged 30ft directly into Engelland. How is that not called? I don’t know.

  17. jwmcdonald86 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The disallowed goal was called correctly. That is one thing the NHL has been consistent with over the years. Personally, I think common sense should be used to determine whether the puck crosses the line, but, in this case it benefitted the Flyers, so I’m happy. Fun game to watch!

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      The Kunitz goal was definitely called correctly, he clearly kicked it. But the Malkin goal is debatable. I thought that it pretty clearly crossed the right post, which in turn meant it crossed the line.

    • cavafox - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Called correctly due to a technicality… it was certainly a goal, the rules just aren’t in favor when the puck is in the net of the goalies glove because you can’t get an authoritative angle with the line.

  18. jwmcdonald86 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Correct. Agree or disagree, it was called as the rules say it should’ve been. Not much of a debate honestly.

    • cavafox - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      I agree. If it was a goal on the ice, it stands. Similar to some NFL reviews, there was no way it could be called differently than on the ice.

  19. broadstbully33 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Hahahahahaha poor withdrawal probably crying himself to sleep. Man up dbag

  20. steelers88 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    The only real problem I have with this game is Vokoun he was out of position all out in this game. Example the first goal. If we were going to have a goalie that was going to give up 6 goals we would have kept Brent Johnson.

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