Flyers’ Scott Laughton Taken Off Ice on Stretcher After Hit
Scott Laughton suffered a terrifying injury in the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals last night, but the Flyers say all tests done on the forward are negative.
The Flyers were ahead 1-0 with 3:49 left in the period when Laughton collided with the Capitals’ John Carlson and crashed head-first into the boards. He lay prone on the ice for several moments before play was stopped. He briefly moved, but then was attended to by the Flyers staff. He was eventually taken off on a stretcher.
He appeared to be talking to EMTs as he exited the ice; fans gave him a standing ovation as he excited as both teams tapped their sticks in support.
Laughton is in his third season with the Flyers, though this was his first full year with the team. He played in 71 games this season, scoring 7 goals and tallying 14 assists. He is only 21.
The Flyers defeated the Capitals, 2-1, to stave off elimination in the first-round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andrew MacDonald and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for Philly, which plays in Washington on Friday in Game 5. The Caps lead the series, 3-1.