During the Philadelphia Flyers vs. Atlanta Thrashers game on March 21, 2010 Jeff Carter was blocking a shot and took a puck to the side of his left foot. Carter stated, “It was a harmless play, kind of took one off the side. I went home last night and it started getting worse and worse. I got it checked this morning and here we are. “Coach Peter Laviolette stated, “No one likes to lose one of your best players.”
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 The Flyers faced off against the Ottawa Senators. This was a highly anticipated game for Flyers fans mainly due to the questions of what will happen with the injury to Jeff Carter. Claude Giroux was moved to the Center position with Daniel Briere on the wing with Scott Hartnell. I did not like this line at all. Scott Hartnell has shown nothing in recent months, let alone games. He does not deserve to be on a top line with anyone. He doesn’t even deserve the $4.2mil he makes for the year either. I would have loved to see Leino, Giroux, and Briere on a line with Hartnell dropped to the 3rd line with JVR and Powell. Once again, who am I folks? With that said, the Flyers came out with nothing to show for themselves. This was possibly the worse effort of the year for the team. Ottawa’s Chris Kelly scored 10:34 into the game to make it 1-0.
I hope the NHL reviews both plays because both were dangerous and I feel blatant. The Flyers lost the game, and remained in 6th place in the East, only a head by a point from 9th place. This is the exact spot the Flyers can’t afford to be in. I hope in time they get their stride knowing they will not have the fire power of Jeff Carter and get in the right direction. If not, it will be a long spring and summer for us Philly fans.
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