Voracek suffers hand injury, will be re-evaluated

Voracek suffers hand injury, will be re-evaluated

January 20, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Jakub Voracek had one shot and played just under 12 minutes in Monday's loss to the Islanders. (USA Today Images)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- At least Jakub Voracek was smiling.

The Flyers' high-flying right winger took a slash on the left hand during Monday’s stunning 4-3 shootout collapse by the Flyers against the Islanders (see Instant Replay).

Voracek left the game in the third period after Cal Clutterbuck rapped his hand and although he did return in the final 5:57, he sat on the bench.

“I didn’t play a shift,” he said.

That was all he was allowed to say. General manager Paul Holmgren said Voracek would be re-evaluated when the team returned to Philadelphia.

The Flyers host Carolina on Tuesday. Voracek’s loss would be huge. He has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in his last 19 games.

“We’re not sure yet,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s a loss for sure. He’s a good player and one of our better players. So it’s going to be a loss if he’s out. That happens. People have to step up and play.”

Voracek, who played just two minutes in the third period, skates on the top line with Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl.

“He’s been one of our top players, our most consistent guy,” Scott Hartnell said. “Making plays, scoring goals, great on the power play.”

Said Raffl: “I haven’t talked to him at all, so I can’t say anything.”

Voracek was wearing a towel around his hand as a concealment, but he did not have an ice pack on it after the game.

Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon was activated from injured reserve and sent to the Phantoms on Monday (see story).

Bourdon has been battling post-concussion syndrome since November 2012.

It’s a testament to his willpower that the 24-year-old stuck with his lengthy rehab to restart his career.

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