The Philadelphia Flyers 1st line capitalized on an Islanders icing in overtime. An icing that resulted in the game-winning goal & Game 6.
Scott Laughton redirected Ivan Provorov’s point shot for the game-winner. But, if the Flyers 1st line capitalized on the icing, why was Scott Laughton on the ice?
The reason why Scott Laughton was on the ice at the time was because Laughton was replacing the injured Sean Couturier. An injury that happened towards the end of the 2nd period.
On what seemed like just an incidental collision, Couturier collided with Islanders Mathew Barzal. But, one of the main points of contact was knee to knee.
Sean Couturier got up slow & labored on his right leg over to the Flyers bench. On the bench, Couturier was in a lot of discomfort.
As the teams returned to the bench for the 3rd period, Sean Couturier did not. Resulting in Couturier missing the rest of the game.
After the game, Alain Vigneault said no update would be available until tomorrow. Today, Vigneault did not have an update on Couturier…
“I don’t know more than I knew yesterday on Coots there. He’s still at this time being evaluated. I should know more at some point today. Maybe fill you guys in tomorrow.” – Alain Vigneault
With Sean Couturier still under evaluation, should the Flyers expect Couturier to be available for Game 6? To answer that, lets look at a similar situation in 2018.
During a practice before Game5 vs the Penguins, Couturier was ran over in practice. Then Flyer Radko Gudas toe-picked & fell right into Couturier’s knee.
Couturier made it known after the Flyers Game6 loss that he had a torn MCL. A tear that happened on that play in practice.
Instead of having surgery, Couturier let it heal naturally. But, later that offseason, Couturier re-injured that same injury in an exhibition tournament in early August.
In Game5 vs the Islanders, Sean Couturier looked like he injured the same right knee.
If Sean Couturier has the same injury as in 2018, Couturier may very much play like he did in 2018. But, if the injury is worse or more severe, risking Couturier causing more damage with a shortened offseason is something that may be too risky.
However, knowing Couturier, no matter what the injury is, he will make his best effort to help this team comeback & move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Whether that is on or off the ice will be answered tomorrow.