Concussion symptoms keep Flyers' Read sidelined

Matt Read. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Flyers winger Matt Read has concussion symptoms and will be sidelined through the weekend — and perhaps longer — it was announced by general manager Paul Holmgren before Wednesday’s game against Montreal.

Read appeared to take an elbow to the head in a 4-1 win in Calgary on Dec. 31, and at the time, he passed all baseline tests, Holmgren said.

That seemed to rule out a concussion.

But Read’s eye problems continued, and Holmgren said he probably has a concussion.

“Initially, we didn’t think that. Now I think it’s safe to say he has symptoms of a concussion,” Holmgren said. “Originally, he passed all the tests that are required by the protocol, but now he doesn’t feel right.

“In all likelihood, it’s concussion-related,” he added.

Read has missed the last four games, and he hasn’t skated since Saturday, when he had to leave the ice early in Glendale, Ariz., because he wasn’t feeling well.

Holmgren said Read will miss the weekend games against Tampa Bay (Saturday) and the Rangers (Sunday), and perhaps others.

Read has 10 goals, 19 points and a minus-7 rating in 39 games.

In another medical update, Holmgren said there is a chance defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, can return to the lineup Saturday.

Blistering line. Scott Hartnell, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds have played a major role in the Flyers’ resurgence.

“The mentality of that line is ‘forecheck hard.’ They’re getting pucks and hanging on to them down low and doing the right things,” coach Craig Berube said before Wednesday’s game. “I think they have the attack down… and they’re getting pucks to the net.”

Hartnell took a career-best eight-game points streak into Wednesday.

“Seems like things are happening when I’m on the ice, instead of absolutely nothing happening like at the beginning of the year,” Hartnell said. “I was frustrated. Everything evens out at the end; we’ve all played better.”

The three linemates have been on a surge.

“We’ve had a little bit of chemistry and connected, so it’s a good feeling,” Hartnell said.

Entering Wednesday, Schenn had four goals in his last five games _ after a 16-game goal-less stretch — and Simmonds had points in nine of his last 10 games, collecting nine goals and five assists in that span.

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