(Boston, MA) – Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher suffered a right leg injury during Saturday’s game in Boston. Hatcher had to be helped from the ice with 12:07 left in the first period after blocking a slap shot by the Bruins’ Andrew Ference.
Hatcher will not accompany the team to Pittsburgh where it plays Sunday afternoon, instead returning to Philadelphia to have an MRI on the leg. He fears it may be fractured.
"I cannot put any weight on it. When you can't put any weight on it that is a bad sign,” he said. “I am going home to have an MRI. There is reason to believe that there may be a fracture in there.
“The X-rays (taken at the game Saturday) showed that there is definitely a reason to believe that, so that's why I am going home to get the MRI, to confirm it or to not confirm it.”
Hatcher, who recently returned from a three-week absence with a sore right knee, was obviously disappointed with the news.
“This is the stretch drive here. It is a real bad feeling not to be part of the team when you are battling for a playoff spot and games are so important.”
In 44 games this season, Hatcher has two goals and five assists for seven points and 33 penalty minutes.