Philadelphia Flyers keep on for emotional win in wake of scary Scott Laughton injury

67
Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 9:16 PM

Only a pair of Laughton'south gloves were on the center shelf. The rest of his equipment was at a local hospital. Giroux sat in silence with a see of exhaustion and concern on his face.

Philadelphia Flyers keep on for emotional win in wake of scary Scott Laughton injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers Capt Claude Giroux sat in the vacant locker stall of teammate Scott Laughton after an emotional 2-1 triumph over the WA Capitals in Game four of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Only a pair of Laughton'south gloves were on the center shelf. The rest of his equipment was at a local hospital.

Giroux sat in silence with a see of exhaustion and concern on his face. Only a couple of hours earlier, Laughton had been carried off the ice on a stretcher and transported to Jefferson Hospital. The team announced he'd stay overnight for precautionary reasons.

With three minutes, forty-nine seconds left in the first period and the Flyers leading 1-0, Laughton was racing for the puck in the offensive zone with Capitals defenseman John Carlson. After the two made contact a few feet from the boards, Laughton went crashing horizontally and back-first at full speed into the finish wall. His body flipped over, and he laid motionless and face down behind the WA net. After the whistle, he briefly moved his legs and arms before a trainer tended to him. EMT members quickly brought out a  stretcher, and it appeared Laughton was talking with them before he was taken off the ice. As he was taken off the ice, fans gave him a standing applause and began to chant "Let'south go Flyers."

It wasn't the kind of motivation the Flyers were looking for, though they made sure to win, not only for themselves but for their teammate.

"You don't love to look a player go down love that, particularly when he wasn't emotional and we weren't too sure what was going on," Giroux said. "We were obviously thinking about him."

"Scary," Flyers forward Ryan White said. "I know his folks are here tonight and I'm sure it was beautiful scary for Bonnie, his mom, and we're hoping he'south going to be all right. Our leaders did a excellent work the following few shifts going out there and just settling it back down for us and getting back into the swing of things. For Scotty, if anyone else was in the same situation, he'd have pushed tough for us, so I'm happy we got that win for him."

The Flyers entered the game with a three-0 series deficit and things looked bleak, particularly against the Capitals, who wanted to finish things. Now, the series shifts back to WA for Game five on Friday night at Verizon Center.

"This win feels beautiful excellent right now, but we've got to hold playing love that," Giroux said.

Coach Dave Hakstol replaced Steve Mason in goal with Michal Neuvirth for Game four. The Capitals didn't challenge Neuvirth early because of Philadelphia'south powerful defensive game, but Neuvirth made the timely saves, including a few in the third period, to safe the victory. He finished with thirty-one saves, and more important, he controlled the majority of his rebounds and didn't authorize second chances.

Neuvirth, a former Capitals goalie prospect, suffered a lower-body injury and was sidelined from March nineteen to April nine. He played only the final game of the regular season, before Mason was given the nod to start the first round. The goalie modify could've been made before Game 3, but Neuvirth entered Game four with confidence.

"I believe in myself," Neuvirth said after the win.

He admitted he felt a small rusty at the start of the game, but he was able to settle in and produce a large third-period performance. In the final twenty minutes, the Capitals created a massive push, outshooting the Flyers 13-four. The Philadelphia goalie made timely saves to safe the win.

"No, I wasn't worried," Neuvirth said. "I was just going min by min and I was enjoying the game. Guys did the work in front of me and we adhere to our system and played a solid sixty minutes."

The Flyers claim they're not concerned with the early hole they've dug themselves in this series and they presently live for another game. The news that Laughton might be OK, and the fact that Philadelphia posted a triumph on residence ice, gave the players a sense of relief. The players will attend the memorial service Thursday morning for late owner Ed Snider, who died last week.

Plenty of hockey royalty attended Game 4, including Wayne Gretzky, who's in town for Snider'south service. As No. ninety-nine walked past Flyers president Paul Holmgren after the game, Gretzky turned and said, "Great win."

Excellent thing -- it'south what the Flyers needed to stay in the series.

READ ALSO
Odd Nerdrum Faces Prison: His NY 'Crime and Refuge' Exhibition Will Open Without Him

Odd Nerdrum Faces Prison: His NY 'Crime and Refuge' Exhibition Will Open Without Him

According to Casey Gleghorn of the Booth Gallery, Nerdrum presently faces imminent imprisonment. Nerdrum'south appeal reportedly included a request to serve his sentence at residence due to a chronic illness: Nerdrum suffers from Tourette'south Syndrome.

71
American Airlines Earns $700 Million, Beats Str Forecasts

American Airlines Earns $700 Million, Beats Str Forecasts

American Airlines is the latest case in point. The world'south biggest airline reported a $700 million first-quarter profit on Friday, beating Wall Str expectations.

43
Carnival Cruises Gets Green Light to Carry Cuban-Born Travelers

Carnival Cruises Gets Green Light to Carry Cuban-Born Travelers

Carnival Corp. announced today that Cuban-born passengers will be permitted to travel on its week-long voyages to Cuba that start sailing from Miami May one.

68
Tony Healthy Talks New Season of 'Veep'

Tony Healthy Talks New Season of 'Veep'

He's also the co-author of the children’s book “Archibald’s Following Big Thing.” He recently appeared on “Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis” for a conversation about his career and what viewers can expect from the fifth season of “Veep,” which debuts...

70