Jeff Carter had been in a bit of a slump throughout the beginning of the postseason, but he scored two goals on Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Flyers stormed past the New Jersey Devils to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. It was that second Carter goal, though, that might hurt the team more than help it.
It deflected past Devils' goaltender Martin Brodeur off of Carter's foot and into the back of the net. The forward was seen limping in the dressing room following the game, and the news came out today that he will miss Game 5 on Thursday night, as announced by the team.
The injury news didn't stop there for the Flyers, however. Forward Simon Gagne took a puck off of the foot in the second period of Game 4 and didn't return for the third. He'll also miss Game 5. Forward Ville Leino will be inserted, along with young AHL player David Laliberte, who actually scored a few goals in a short stint with the Flyers early in the season.
The Flyers are being mum about the injuries since it's the postseason, so we don't know much besides that.
It's safe to say, however, that the Flyers hope they can close out the series on Thursday, for no other reason than to give two of their biggest scoring threats a chance to recuperate.