Every time the Flyers take a step forward in 2013, it seems as though they're rocked shortly thereafter by an injury to a key player.
That was once again the case Sunday night. Max Talbot, who scored a critical goal in the Flyers' impressive comeback overtime win over the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center (see story), will be out indefinitely with a broken left leg.
He is almost certainly done for the season.
Talbot, who scored the Flyers' first goal on Sunday, attempted to hit Capitals defenseman Mike Green along the boards by the Flyers' bench in the second period. Instead, as Green dodged the hit, Talbot somehow ended up getting caught awkwardly. He immediately left the ice and hobbled down the tunnel to the team's locker room, unable to put any weight on his left leg.
The loss is a big one for the Flyers, who find themselves suddenly just two points out of playoff contention following back-to-back victories over the weekend against the Boston Bruins and Capitals. They currently occupy 12th place in the Eastern Conference, within striking range of the eighth-ranked New York Rangers.
Talbot, who has five goals (10 points) in 35 games this season, is adept at the penalty kill - a big reason why the Flyers, who have struggled all season, have the eighth-best penalty-killing unit in the league.
With 13 games left to play in this lockout-shortened season, the Flyers have a lengthy list of injuries: Forward Danny Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion; defenseman Braydon Coburn is out indefinitely with a separated left shoulder; defenseman Andrej Meszaros is out indefinitely and will undergo surgery April 2 to repair a torn rotator cuff; and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann has missed the Flyers' last five games with an upper-body injury.
The Flyers are off until Wednesday, when they face the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center.