The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 last night, but they suffered a much bigger loss today with the news that Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier are going to be out for at least a week after sustaining injuries in last night's game.
UPDATED: 7:22 p.m.
Hartnell will miss anywhere between two to four weeks with an upper-body injury. Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren described Hartnell's injury as "stabbing pain." He said the injury came when Hartnell tried to turn in the first period and the injury affects his movements from side to side.
Holmgren also announced that Lecavalier will only miss a week with his lower-body injury.
Neither player will have to have surgery.
Hartnell was the first to leave the game last night as he sustained an upper body injury with about seven minutes left in the first period. You could see that he was in pain as he skated over to the Flyers bench. Hartnell was seen hunching over in pain at the bench and left the game shortly after. Lecavaler left the game in the second period with a lower body injury and never returned.
Both Hartnell and Lecavalier are getting MRI's and the results are expected tonight or tomorrow.
There was also a scare with goaltender Steve Mason. In the third period, Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo cross-checked Phoenix Coyote Paul Bissonnette right in front of Mason. The check forced Bissonnette to go head first into Mason and the first point of contact was Mason's head/neck area. The hit was hard enough to knock Mason back into the net and he just laid there in the net. Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin came out to see Mason and Mason stayed in the game.
The Flyers called up two forwards from their AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms. The two players are Tye McGinn and Michael Raffl. McGinn, a fourth round 2010 draft pick, played in 18 games last season for the Flyers and had a decent performance. With the Phantoms, he scored 14 goals and had 12 assists in 46 games. it was thought that McGinn would have been on the main roster this season, but he was part of the first group of roster cuts and was sent back down to the Phantoms.
Raffl came close to making the team after playing well in four preseason games for the Flyers. He was actually a surprising cut after his performance. Raffl has a goal and two assists in two games with the Phantoms this season.
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