Thoresen's unfortunate injury
The perils of Stanley Cup playoff hockey were on agonizing display Friday when Philadelphia Flyers left winger Patrick Thoresen slid in front of a slap shot.
Thoreson went down to block a slap shot by Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green with the Flyers clinging to a one-goal lead early in the third period. The puck struck Thoresen between the legs with such force that after the game he was taken to a Washington hospital Center.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Thoreson might need to have a testicle removed.
"Right now we're not sure how serious it is," Holmgren said after the Flyers blew a two-goal lead en route to a crushing 5-4 defeat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "But he may need surgery. There is a chance they may have to remove one."