Saturday night stood a very real chance of being a pyrrhic victory for the Philadelphia Flyers
. Philadelphia, which is first in the Atlantic Division defeated the Lightning 5-2 at the Wells Fargo Center, but in the course of the victory they saw breakout star Claude Giroux
and No. 1 goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
leave with injuries.
The most significant concern has to be for Giroux, who appeared to accidentally get struck in the head by the knee of teammate Wayne Simmonds
late in the second period. After the game, general manager Paul Holmgren
insisted that the move to take him out of the game was precautionary and maintained the same today. According to Holmgren Giroux felt significantly better Sunday morning and will be evaluated again on Monday.
"This is really just precautionary at this stage," Holmgren said Saturday night. "We didn't want to put him back in there at that time. It's a game in December. Obviously he's one of our better players, so we'll err on the side of caution."
Bryzgalov left the game in the third period after suffering a lower-body injury, but Holmgren reported that he, too, was feeling significantly better and was expected to be on the ice in the Flyers' next game Tuesday night.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson
is also said to be doing better and will begin rehab and skating this week. Gustafsson has been out for more than a month following wrist surgery. He is still expected to need at least 10 days to two weeks before returning to action.