The Flyers received some bad news Wednesday after their 4-1 win over Chicago at the Wells Fargo Center.
Right winger Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffered season-ending injuries when hit by third-period shots.
Simmonds was hit on the left leg by teammate Mark Streit's blast, and MacDonald was hit on the right hand by a Chicago shot.
Simmonds scored his 28th goal _ one shy of equaling his career high, set last season _ in the opening period. MacDonald played 17:58 and blocked four shots.
The Flyers may recall Jason Akeson and defenseman Brandon Manning from the Phantoms.
With Simmonds sidelined, Vinny Lecavalier (remember him?) should get back into the lineup.
Simmonds finishes with 50 points and a minus-5 rating, while MacDonald finishes with 12 points and a minus-5 rating. MacDonald played just 58 games because of injuries.
White shines. Hard-nosed winger Ryan White, who signed as a free agent last August, scored his fifth goal _ all in the last 18 games.
"They believed in me from the start," said White, referring to GM Ron Hextall and coach Craig Berube, "and told me not to do anything different. I've just been playing the right kind of hockey here. Something that fits my style."
White is an unrestricted free agent after the season, and it is likely the Flyers will try to sign him.
"I've had a one-year contract ever since my entry level," said White, who is earning $575,000 this season. "I'm always playing for a job. That's the kind of career I've had so far…I love playing hockey here. It's a great hockey town and they've treated me with nothing but the best."
Giroux finally connects. Claude Giroux scored his first-even strength goal at home this season _ and first in 40 home games, dating back to last season.
“Mind-boggling,” Berube said of the stat.
"I knew it," Giroux said of the drought, "but at the end of the day, I'm just trying to help the team win."
Bellemare's bout. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare fought Dan Carcillo to a draw in the third period.
Carcillo controlled the first part of the bout, and Bellemare was dominating in the latter stages.
Asked how many fights he had when he played in Europe, Bellemare deadpanned: "I think close to none."
Bellemare, who was born and raised in France and is in his first NHL season, said he had never heard of the Broad Street Bullies. (Someone needs to send him a copy of Jack Chevalier's book.)
Ghost out for season. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who had knee surgery in November, will not play again this season, Hextall said.
"All the new research says eight months before it's fully healed," Hextall said "Is there a chance of him getting hurt? Yes. The risk is too high to take the chance, basically. The risk/reward doesn't add up."
Hextall said Gostisbehere will be ready for training camp and given a chance to make the team.
Hextall added that an announcement on injured defenseman Luke Schenn will be made Thursday. There's a chance Schenn will also miss the rest of the season.
Kimmo saluted. Former Flyer Kimmo Timonen received several standing ovations in his return to the WFC, and he was serenaded with chants of "Kimmo....Kimmo...Kimmo."
"I've gone through a lot of games and things throughout my career," he said. "Won a lot of medals and won all-star games, but that was one of the coolest things a player can experience. I just want to say thanks to the fans (because) that was awesome."
Timonen said he became emotional when he realized it was the last game he would ever play in Philadelphia and their "great fans....I was really lucky to play here."
Breakaways. Michael Raffl had a power-play goal, five blocked shots and four hits….Michael Del Zotto and Matt Read each had two assists….The Flyers will not practice on Thursday; they host San Jose on Saturday afternoon.
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