Everyone around the NHL cringed after seeing Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson go down after having his Achilles tendon torn by the skate of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke back in February.
Everyone is now cringing after seeing the bloody skate of that which belongs to Flyers forward Eric Wellwood.
In Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) of the AHL, Wellwood, playing with the Adirondack Phantoms, severely cut his right leg with his left skate. He left a trail of blood all the way from the ice to the locker room.
The Flyers have recalled forward Eric Wellwood from the Adirondack Phantoms.
Wellwood will be available to play tonight in New York against the Rangers. It isn't known if he will dress yet.
The Flyers made the move while Harry Zolnierczyk serves a four-game suspension for his hit on Ottawa's Matt Lundin. If Wellwood doesn't dress, Mike Knuble is likely to take Zolnierczyk's place on the fourth line.
As the seconds ticked off the clock in the second period, the Flyers trailed 3-1 to the Penguins in Game 1.
It was a seemingly insurmountable deficit with the way Pittsburgh controlled the play through the first two periods with their physical bullying style of play.
The Flyers needed someone to step up and stand up to the bull and Brayden Schenn did just that, both metaphorically and literally.
Schenn was charged by Penguins forward Craig Adams with only seconds remaining on the clock. Schenn turned around and absorbed all of the hit, knocking Adams on his rear-end as Schenn stood over him and smiled.
Schenn then got in the face of Adams, goading a shove to the face that wasn’t called and skated away with a smirk on his face after the referees separated the two.
That could have been the turning point for the Flyers, who came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime.
Hard hitting, desperation saves and a little bit of extra-curricular activities sprinkled in.
Perhaps, it was a look at what the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals has in store for the Flyers and Penguins. 60 minutes of full throttle hockey with the addition of the playoffs, and the hockey world will be in store for another classic Flyers/Penguins series.
Sunday afternoon's battle - as well as one more game next Saturday afternoon to finish the season - was a preview of the almost inevitable 4/5-seed match up between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Sunday, Kimmo Timonen’s consecutive game streak ended at 248 games. Fellow defenseman Andrej Meszaros was also ruled out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. James van Riemsdyk was on the shelf for 6-8 weeks with a foot injury.
The Flyers? Well, they made due without.
Philadelphia turned in a playoff-like performance in a 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington.
How’d they do it? They blocked shots, much-maligned goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was flawless, and the call-up for van Riemsdyk, Eric Wellwood, scored the game’s only goal.
For the Adirondack Phantoms, playing outdoors brought back some great childhood memories of playing with the fresh air in their face.
But for Shane Harper, his top memory will be how he won an outdoor hockey game for his team. For his career, it was "definitely number one for sure" in where the game winning goal ranked, leaving Harper with a hockey memory he will never forget.
Harper's goal gave the Phantoms a come-from-behind win against the Bears, 4-3, in the AHL Outdoor Classic. It capped off a wonderful week of outdoor hockey at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
With Eric Wellwood loaned to the Phantoms, returns are imminent for two key Flyers: rookie forward Matt Read and captain defenseman Chris Pronger. Read could be back on Wednesday. Will Pronger be joining him?