The NHL Playoffs are a series of brutal hard-fought games.
Players hit harder and more frequently.
Some plays seem to be a little dirtier than others.
Players get hurt – some seriously.
This series between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers is no exception.
Sean Couturier was injured after sustaining a clean hit Alex Ovechkin. Some reports suggest that he as A/C sprain in the left shoulder that ended his playoff run.
Brooks Orpik took a powerful hit and was helped from the ice by the Caps trainers. He was out in Game Four but it sounds like it isn’t too serious and he should be back soon.
Dmitry Orlov had a bit of a scare when he went head-first into the glass after he was checked on the numbers from behind. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was assessed a one-game penalty for the hit which thankfully did not have serious repercussions for Orlov.
The most devastating injury came during Game Four when Scott Laughton slammed into the boards after a hit by John Carlson. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers.
We hate to see any player hurt, regardless of the team. The Flyers and the Caps aren’t the only teams seeing hard hits and injuries in the playoffs. For example, the LA Kings have lost Alex Martinez again. He was out after an April 2 injury and his attempt to return in the post season was ended when he exited the game in the second period of Game One. It is unclear what is going on with him but his team is clearly feeling the loss.
However the post-season games unfold, we are praying that no one is seriously hurt in the run for The Stanley Cup. We hope the Caps game on Friday is free of the injuries we have seen in the previous four games.