Not all news was good following the Flyers’ convincing 4-1 victory in New Jersey last night. In fact, two of the main headlines after the game involved a constant nemesis of the Flyers off the ice this season: the Injury Bug. This time, it appears the Flyers’ worst nightmare has struck again, as Anthony San Filippo of the Delco Times is reporting that Simon Gagne suffered a broken toe in the previous night’s contest.
A broken toe is obviously not the worst case scenario here, but it definitely will impact Gagne the rest of the way, and basically make him ineffective as a penalty killer, should he return for the line-up for Game Five. Jeff Carter’s second goal and the Flyers’ fourth of game resulted in a Chris Pronger slapshot that hit him also in the foot area. Some close to the Flyers, such as CSN’s John Boruk, are speculating that Carter may have a completely broken foot. Remember, Carter has been skating ahead of schedule in recovery from a non-displaced fracture in his left foot that he suffered about a month ago. It will be interesting to see what comes out of these two injuries and how it affects the Flyers going forward. These are two of their bigger powers offensively, and Carter finally got things going for himself last night, notching two goals in the win.
Hopefully, we’ll see them back on the ice for the Flyers in these playoffs sooner rather than later.