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Flyers' Couturier skates, shoots on own

Philadelphia center sidelined since Game 1 vs. Capitals; will not return vs. Washington

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier was skating and shooting on his own during a 30-minute off-day workout at Flyers Skate Zone on Saturday.

It marked the first time Couturier was seen on the ice in full gear since sustaining an upper-body injury in a 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on April 14.

"It was all part of the process," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "He still has the same timeline. Nothing has changed, but to get a guy on the ice is always a good thing. You get your legs going. But I wouldn't say I'm looking out there thinking he's going to play [Sunday]."

Couturier is expected to miss the next two weeks and the remainder of this best-of-7 series that the Capitals lead 3-2. Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (noon ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

He took a few wrist shots, but not slap shots. The session mostly consisted of him skating around each of the faceoff circles.

Couturier was injured on a neutral-zone hit from Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin that drove his left arm into the boards 11:13 into the second period of Game 1. Couturier had 11 goals, 39 points and a plus-8 rating in 63 regular-season games.

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Flyers forward Scott Laughton, who was removed from the ice on a stretcher after falling into the boards in the first period of the 2-1 win in Game 4, is scheduled to skate Monday, Hextall said.

Laughton was carrying the puck through the left side of the Capitals zone with defenseman John Carlson guarding him. They made contact, and when Laughton fell, he hit the end boards behind the Capitals net back-first. Laughton was taken to the hospital and remained overnight for precautionary reasons.

"He is doing well," Hextall said. "No timetable for his return."

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