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Flyers’ Talbot out indefinitely with broken leg

Apr 1, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

Talbot hurt

The Philadelphia Flyers managed to eke out a 5-4 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but they lost forward Max Talbot in the process.

Talbot scored the Flyers’ first goal of the game, but in the second period he attempted to hit Capitals defenseman Mike Green and missed. He impacted the boards instead and couldn’t seem to put any weight on his leg as he immediately headed for the bench.

The initial fear was that Green’s skate might have sliced his leg, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren revealed that the 29-year-old forward suffered a broken bone in his left leg and is out indefinitely.

Talbot is one of just five Flyers’ players to participate in all 35 of their contests this season. Philadelphia’s blueline has been decimated by injuries and Talbot is also joining fellow forward Daniel Briere (concussion) on the sidelines.

If you missed the play, you can view it below:

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Can’t quite figure what the other Flyers on the ice were so upset about. Or is that one of those “you have an obligation to let us hit you after the puck is gone” situations.

    • mattdaddy7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      they were upset because it looked like Green stuck his leg out as he was avoiding the check. A lot of people thought he may have been cut by Green’s skate, but in the end it was a freak accident, unlike the two-handed slash that d3uche Ovechkin got away with on Simmonds…

      • wethog66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Yeah it was almost as bad as the 2 handed slash Hartnell didn’t get away with on Carlson.

    • whammy71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Typical Goonism 101 – been doing it for ~40 years now. I’m shocked how you meatheads never brought Mike “I beat fans with their own shoe” Milbury into yur organ-I-zation.

      Player puts a clean, fair hit on Claudia Gayrioux….they HAVE TO FIGHT…to defend their Captain’s honor!!! ha ha ha!!!!!

      Own player face plants into the wall all by himself and breaks his leg….the cavemen go crazy and have to fight. WHAMMY!!!!!!!

      And people wonder why hockey is a niche sport.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Great this clown has to throw in his 2 cents on why the Flyers are a joke. We’ve been through this whammy… if you aim for the captain you answer to the rest of the team. It’s the same exact thing your beloved Pens would do if someone laid a big hit on the untouchable Golden Boy #87. Clean or not, it doesnt matter! Plain and simple. And enough with the “clever” puns already.

      • whammy71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        There not clever puns when they are the truth. Sorry you can’t face the facts that your organization plays caveman hockey. Yes, you may win. But your fans also cry about why no one outside of Philly likes them (and I think it was even you in another thread that cried about it directly). Pens have 14 fights this year….Cryers 23…..last year, Pens 31….Cryers 57. Caveman hockey. Admittedly, the Pens fought a lot the previous 2 season – but that’s not their norm over the decades.

        I don’t want fighting out of the game – when you have big huge dudes that fly around with weapons (ie. sticks for you cavemen – if you don’t understand) – sometimes one of them needs their ass beat.

  2. modellforprez - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM


  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Oh sh*t! Hopefully he has a fast recovery. Looked nasty.

  4. ronmexicoswartcream - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Withdrawal get lost stop trolling flyers pages don’t you have anything better to do? Like joining a prayer circle for Poor Sid or something?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Hardly think that message can be called trolling, you idiot. Take a look at ANY of those Sid articles, and take a look at some of the dumbass comments on there. That’s what I’d call trolling. People ignorant of most things in life just typing the dumbest sh*t they can think of so that they can p*ss people off. I just asked a question, and a hockey fan answered the question.

      That’s all – you can go back to being stupid now.

      • somekat - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        “people ignorant of most things in life just typing the dumest…..”

        So like 95% of your posts?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Did you just type “dumest” and basically destroy the credibility of whatever came after that in your statement?

        Yep, ya did. Now, back to hockey, if you don’t mind. This isn’t a Flyer support group.

      • ziplock10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        Not an expert but the experts were looking for a reason to tag Green. That was dumes ting Iba eber see. Look out for the Megadeth roadies…..

  5. nhloon - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    That is almost identical to Chris Kelly’s leg break, although he (Kelly) was not initiating the hit, both legs seemed to be in the bend or break time frame. Unfortunate break !

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    That’s really a shame. Over the past 10 games or so Talbot had really come on. Scoring big goals while also setting an example with his high energy play. Not to mention his penalty killing ability. It’s one thing to break your leg blocking a shot, but on a freak play like that really sucks. Hoping for a speedy recovery for this class act.

    • bigrboland - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I certainly wouldn’t call him a “class act”. I couldn’t care less if he was well liked when he was with Pittsburgh. He’s a traitor. Plain and simple.

      • handsofsweed - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Give it a rest. He didn’t sell enriched uranium to Iran. He left for a large payday that the Pens weren’t offering and a longer contract, too.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Who cares if he left the Pens? He made a career decision and that suddenly means he’s not a good person/player? You should be thanking the good lord that you got to watch Talbot go all out for as long as you did… Pens fans don’t get that Cup without Talbot’s game 7 performance. He never has off ice problems, he’s an excellent teammate, and he always takes time out for the fans so yes he’s a total class act.

  7. garryjercia - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Why is it that some of you guys know how to embed video for iOS and others don’t.
    Doesn’t NBC have tech support that swing by and give a demo

  8. claysbar - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Get well soon Max. You may have gone to the “Dark Side”, but still one of my all time favorite Penguins.

  9. operwapitsai - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    OK we gotta fix the video embedding for smartphone apps. does anyone else have this problem? sometimes I just get sound with no picture and sometimes I get straight up nothing

  10. Stiller43 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:03 PM


    I never even see a video to click on in the app…if i read the article and i want to see the video, i have to open the page in a browser (still on my iphone) and it will be there…i think its an app problem…polls dont show up either, and its the same say with PFT and HBT

  11. 4hockey - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Talbot is a class act! Miss seeing you in a Pen’s uniform Max! We’ll never forget the day that you shooshed the Philly crowd and we came back and won the game and the series! Get well soon!

  12. prosportswashington - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Everyone goes for cheap hits on Mike Green no matter what he does, he is alot tougher than he gets credit for

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Not saying Green isn’t tough at all but that wasn’t a cheap hit attempt. You’re supposed to finish your checks and that’s what Talbot attempted to do. Unfortunately it resulted in a freak accident.

  13. crashtheboards55 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Hope you get well soon Max. Great player and even better person. Any Pens fan that knocks him for taking more $ to help himself needs to shut it. Pens Flyers rivalry is great but no need to hate a guy who helped win a cup.

  14. ragingyinzer - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Hated to see this happen. Get well soon, Max.

    Any real Pens fan is thankful for what Talbot did for the team while he was in Pittsburgh and knows that he is one of the nicest and classiest players in the game. True Pens fans are sorry to see this happen to Max, regardless of what jersey he’s wearing now.

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