Monday, July 6, 2015

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

0 comments
The Flyers´ Jakub Voracek. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Flyers' Jakub Voracek. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Travel Deals

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.”

More coverage
 
VOTE: What should the Flyers do with Vinny Lecavalier?
 
DOWNLOAD: Philly Pro Hockey app
 
Buy Flyers jerseys and other gear
 
Forum: What moves need to be made in the offseason?
 
Latest hockey odds

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.

Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.

Inquirer Staff Writer
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Broad Street Bull is your place for the latest updates, trade rumors, and everything connected to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter