Simmonds Injured In Loss to Capitals
A cheap shot may have cost the Flyers another forward.
Wayne Simmonds was the victim of a vicious elbow by Capitals defenseman John Erskine and was knocked out of the Flyers 3-2 loss.
Simmonds was blindsided by Erskine while playing a loose puck. Erskine came up high with a deliberate elbow and caught Simmonds right in the face.
Simmonds was left lying on the ice, bleeding all over the place with what looked like a broken nose. No penalty was called on the play, leaving head coach Peter Laviolette enraged on the bench.
Simmonds was shown multiple times on the bench with gauze in his nose to stop the bleeding. Simmonds also had a dazed look on his face, giving off the impression he may have a concussion.
After the game, general manager Paul Holmgren said that Simmonds had a head injury from the whiplash and that his nose wasn't broken. They are still unsure of a concussion as of right now so it's possible Simmonds won't play tomorrow against Carolina.
Also after the game, Laviolette felt that Erskine's hit was dirty. Holmgren felt it was an accidental hit and that Erskine is not a dirty player. It is expected the NHL will be taking a look at the hit tomorrow.
Less than a minute after Simmonds took the hit, Zac Rinaldo and Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves in a fight that Rinaldo won. Both got a 10-minute game misconduct and were ejected from the game.
The two plays cost the Flyers two forwards, leaving them short-handed for the rest of the game as they couldn't keep up with a Washington team that should have been tired following a game and flight from Toronto on Thursday.
As a result of the injury, Tye McGinn saw nearly 16 minutes of ice time in 22 shifts, assisting on the game's first goal. He should see more ice time tomorrow as well.