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Flyers' Couturier to miss two weeks

Philadelphia center sustained upper-body injury in second period of Game 1 against Washington

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier will miss two weeks with an upper-body injury, general manager Ron Hextall said Friday.

Couturier was injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals on Thursday when he fell into the boards after he was checked by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin with 8:24 left in the second period. Couturier got up holding his left arm and skated to the bench. Washington won 2-0.

"Everybody's got to step up even more, obviously," forward Jakub Voracek said. "[Couturier] had an outstanding season. He has been outstanding for us over the last few years and we've just got to find a way."

Video: Flyers react to loss of injured F Sean Couturier

Couturier had 11 goals, a career-high 28 assists and averaged 18:36 of ice time per game in 63 games during the regular season.

"[Couturier] is our defensive anchor out there," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "He's such a good defensive forward. We're going to miss him but it's the next-guy-in-line sort of mentality and who's up next."

Forward Scott Laughton, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1 and in eight of the final 10 regular-season games could be up next. The 21-year-old could make his playoff debut in Couturier's absence.

"If [Laughton] does go in, he's done a good job killing penalties for us so that's a potential role for him," Hakstol said. "He hadn't spent a whole lot of time on the power play so I wouldn't expect that."

Brayden Schenn played on each wing and at center during the regular season and could be another possible replacement for Couturier's spot on the second line.

Game 2 is Saturday at Verizon Center (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-PH, CSN-DC).

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