Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Read's injury dampens spirited win over Penguins

Yet another wild, whacky and very entertaining game between the Flyers and Penguins tonight at Consol Energy Center. It showed the Flyers have a chance to quickly get back into a playoff spot in the East - a win over Florida Thursday is a must - and it showed that Wayne Simmonds (7 points in 7 games) and Jakub Voracek (10 points in 5 games) are reaching new offensive heights.

For the Flyers, however, this win might have been a bit hurtful, since Matt Read went out with an injury with 3:24 left in the first period. He was hit by Chris Kunitz and never returned to the game.

Read, who had recently attained top-line status, was off to a fast start with 7 goals and 13 points. According to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Read has the old "upper body injury" and he will be re-evaluated today.

You might wonder if that evaluation includes a concussion test. The Flyers are hopeful that the injury doesn't persist, for they need all the offensive weapons they can get.


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