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Flyers forward Downie taken to hospital

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 11:44 PM / News

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Flyers forward Downie taken to hospital
Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie was taken to a hospital with a concussion sustained during a 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie was taken to a hospital with a concussion sustained during a 7-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Downie, playing his first game for the Flyers after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, was injured during a fight with Aaron Volpatti late in the second period. He received a minor for instigating, a fighting major and a misconduct.

General manager Paul Holmgren said Downie was taken to University of Pennsylvania hospital for tests and observation.

Center Vincent Lecavalier sustained facial injuries and may have lost some teeth during a third-period fight with Steve Oleksy.

Holmgren said neither player will take part in the Flyers' road game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

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