The Philadelphia Flyers lost in more than one way when the Washington Capitals embarrassed them with their 7-0 win against the Flyers Friday night. The Flyers' other loss was seeing Vinny Lecavalier and Steve Downie leave the game injured after fighting.
Vinny Lecavalier suffered a facial contusion as a result of his fight during the line brawl that broke out about 6 minutes into the third period. Lecavalier's fight didn't begin until after Wayne Simmonds' and Ray Emery's fights were over. The remaining players began their fights when those two fights ended. It was initially reported that Lecavalier suffered facial fractures, but that turned out to be false. The Flyers expect Lecavalier to be back in the lineup on Tuesday when they play the Carolina Hurricanes.
Steve Downie, however, will not be coming back any time soon. Downie had a fight of his own earlier in the game and he took a hard punch just under his left eye. He ended up with a cut that was close to his eye. Almost immediately after the punch landed, Downie was asking for referees to stop the fight. Once the fight ended, Downie headed to the locker room. His night was over as he was diagnosed with a concussion. The scary thing about Downie's injury is that he was immediately taken to the hospital after the game when the medical staff didn't like how he was responding. He will be released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday after being further evaluated. Downie is now out indefinitely with his concussion. The last thing the Flyers want to see are players with concussions because they don't want to see someone's career end because of them. Chris Pronger and Keith Primeau both had their careers end sooner than expected due to head injuries.
The Flyers were also lucky they didn't lose goaltender Ray Emery, not because of injury, but because of his actions during the line brawl. There was a possibility that Emery would be served with a suspension and even a fine for leaving the crease to skate all the way down to the other end of the ice to fight Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. However, the NHL had determined that no extra disciplinary actions were needed.
Emery went after Holtby even though Holtby clearly indicated that he didn't want to fight. A referee tried to stay between them, but Emery got around the referee and started throwing punches. When Holtby went to the ground, Emery continued to throw punches, a few of them connecting with the back of Holtby's head. Emery was given a two-minute minors for instigation and leaving the crease, a five-minute major for fighting and two misconduct's (a 10-minute and game).
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