Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Voracek guts it out, but listless Flyers fall

For Flyers right winger Jake Voracek, the good news was that he was able to play Wednesday night against Carolina — two nights after suffering a hand injury against the Islanders.

Voracek guts it out, but listless Flyers fall

The Flyers´ Jakub Voracek. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Flyers' Jakub Voracek. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

For Flyers right winger Jake Voracek, the good news was that he was able to play Wednesday night against Carolina — two nights after suffering a hand injury against the Islanders.

The bad news: The pain in the hand limited his effectiveness. He failed to register a shot for just the second time this season; the first time was Oct. 6, also against Carolina.

Coach Craig Berube thought the injury affected Voracek’s stickhandling a bit.

“It’s hard to say if that was back in my mind,” Voracek said after the Flyers’ listless 3-2 loss to visiting Carolina. “I’m not going to lie; it was a little bit trouble to hold onto the stick. I don’t think it is an excuse, though. I decided to play and I’ve got to make sure I do the little things right. If can do the big things like I always do, I have to make sure I don’t turn the puck over. I can still skate with the puck, so I don’t think that’s an excuse.”

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Voracek, who had the primary assist on Claude Giroux’s second-period goal, was one of the few Flyers who showed much speed in the team’s lackluster effort.

“I think we were a little … I don’t want to say sleepy, but I think we were a little behind for half a game. Half a step behind,” he said.

Voracek said he would play Thursday in Columbus against his former team.

“Sometimes you have to play through some injuries and just got to find a way to play responsibly and play good,” he said after playing 21:06, tops among Flyers forwards. “It’s something I can play with. It’s a good sign.”

Thursday could match the Flyers’ Steve Mason against Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, goalies who may face their former teams. “Bob” has won eight straight, and the Blue Jackets have a seven-game winning streak, a franchise record.

Bobrovsky has never faced the Flyers. Mason scored a 5-4 win over the visiting Blue Jackets earlier this season, but did not play in a 6-3 defeat in Columbus.

If he plays, Mason said, he has gotten the sentimental aspect of the matchup out of the way. “And now it’s just about a hockey game,” he said.

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