Flyers' Thoresen avoids serious injury
Patrick Thoresen of the Philadelphia Flyers has been released from the hospital and could be back on the ice soon as his team battles the Washington Capitals in an Eastern Conference quarter-final.
Thoresen, 24, took a shot to the groin in the third period of Washington's 5-4 win on Friday.
Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said Saturday that tests showed Thoresen did not suffer a rupture to the testicle, as initially feared.
Thoresen suffered his injury with Washington already enjoying a power play. With Thoresen writhing on the ice, play continued and Mike Green scored to pull the Capitals even at 4-4.
"I know in the past there have been players that have laid there and rolled around trying to get a stoppage in play when they’ve just been hit on the shin," Holmgren said. "It’s a tough call. I didn’t have a problem with it last night and, thinking about it, I still don’t have a problem.
"The ref has to make a judgment call in a split second, and they made the call they made. Obviously it cost us a goal. I don’t believe that’s the reason we lost the game."
Holmgren said Thoresen, who was acquired from Edmonton earlier in the season, is sore but could potentially be back for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon in Washington.