Ailing fingers give Voracek stick-handling trouble

Ailing fingers give Voracek stick-handling trouble

Highlights: Flyers fall in makeup game vs. 'Canes

January 23, 2014, 9:00 am
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Jakub Voracek didn't register a single shot in over 21 minutes of ice time in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Carolina. (USA Today Images)

He gave it his best, but things were a tad off for Jakub Voracek during Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to Carolina at the Wells Fargo Center (see recap).
His ailing fingers in his left hand are still bothering him after taking a slash there during Monday’s shootout loss to the Islanders.
“I didn’t really talk to him about it, but I am sure it is bothering him,” coach Craig Berube said. “Just by the way he was handling the puck.”
Voracek played 21:06, and yet he didn’t get a shot on goal. The last time that happened was also against Carolina back in October, three games into the season.
He showed speed all night, but his ability to create with the puck or make plays with center Claude Giroux just wasn’t there.
“It’s hard to say if [the left hand] was in the back of my mind,” Voracek said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s a little bit of trouble holding onto the stick.
“I don’t think it’s an excuse. I decided to play. I do the little things right. If I can’t do the big things like I always do, then I got to make sure I don’t turn the puck over. I have to skate with the puck.”
Voracek said he intends to play in Thursday’s game at Columbus.
“You have to play through some injuries and I have to find a way to play good,” he said. “It’s something I can play with. On that lower hand, you got your fingers on the stick.
“If you get a slash there, it’s hard. Those fingers have nowhere to go there. It’s something that is bothering me a little bit.”
Voracek called the Flyers’ effort against the Hurricanes a little “sleepy,” adding the team was a half-step behind the entire game.
“We were down and we didn’t play very good hockey,” he said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go well. We weren’t good enough to win the game.”

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