The Flyers’ already-long injury list grew when right winger Ian "Lappy" Laperriere and center Jared Ross suffered first period injuries Friday afternoon in their 4-2 loss to Buffalo at the Wachovia Center.
The happy-go-lucky Laperriere lost four teeth and received between 50 and 100 stitches when he blocked Jason Pominville's slap shot with his mouth _ and returned to play in the third period.
After the game, Laperriere's mouth was so swollen that he looked like a cartoon character. Yet, he is expected expected to play Saturday in Atlanta.
You will not find a grittier player in the NHL. (For the squeamish, do not watch the replay)
Ross injured his head when he was sent heavily into the boards by Patrick Kaleta midway through the opening period. Kaleta was given a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct; he could face a suspension. Ross did not return to the game and is doubtful for tonight, though he will make the trip.
After the game, GM Paul Holmgren announced that center Jon Kalinski will be promoted from the AHL Phantoms. He figures to replace Ross tonight.
The Flyers are already missing Simon Gagne, Darroll Powe and Blair Betts because of injuries.
Mike Richards and Braydon Coburn scored goals in the final minute of Friday's first period, but the Flyers spent the rest of the game being frustrated by goalie Ryan Miller (31 saves) as they lost for the fourth time in five games.
Flyers goalie Ray Emery has allowed 16 goals in his last 3 1/2 games. Brian Boucher, who had a 1.61 goals-against average during the recent road trip, will start tonight.