When it rains, it pours. At least, it does for the Philadelphia Flyers, who have gone from hurt to nearly-broken with the loss of forward Zac Rinaldo. The gritty winger played the first two periods, registering two hits and engaged in a short fight with Montreal Canadien tough guy Brandon Prust. However, when the 3rd period kicked off, Rinaldo stayed behind in the dressing room with what was described as an “upper-body injury.”
He only played a little over five minutes in the comeback 5-3 win over the Habs. Rinaldo and Prust fought right off of the draw, ending with Rinaldo getting his jersey draped over his head and went face-first down onto the ice. No details have been released as of yet, but another concussion or head/neck injury is not what Rinaldo, the Flyers, or the NHL need right now.
This comes days after Max Talbot was announced to have a broken leg and out for the entire year. The Flyers continue winning throughout their injurious streak, with three victories in a row and points in four of their last five. They made only two moves at the trade deadline, bringing in Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jay Rosehill from the Anaheim Ducks; although, neither addresses the role that Rinaldo fills. The team seemed to rally around the injury and pull out a third period victory, so hopefully the news tomorrow is positive and Rinaldo is back in the lineup shortly.