NHL playoffs 2018: Flyers' Sean Couturier played with torn MCL

Sean Couturier
Sean Couturier (Getty Photographs)

Philadelphia was despatched packing within the 2018 NHL playoffs, however middle Sean Couturier did every little thing in his energy to assist the Flyers try to beat a three-1 collection deficit. 

The star middle scored the sport-profitable aim in Recreation 5 towards the Penguins and had a hat trick and two assists in Sunday’s Recreation 6 loss. He achieved the feats whereas enjoying with a torn MCL suffered at follow Tuesday after an unsightly collision with teammate Radko Gudas. 

Couturier missed Recreation four with the suitable-knee damage however had sufficient power and playoff toughness to struggle via the ache. He advised reporters Sunday the damage gained’t require surgical procedure but when it occurred in the course of the common season the damage would wish a 4 week restoration.

“I’ve obtained lots of respect for that man,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux informed reporters after Recreation 5. “He’s one in every of our leaders, and you may put him in any state of affairs … and it’s spectacular.”

Couturier, 25, logged 31 objectives and forty five assists in eighty two video games in the course of the common season and can look to construct on the breakout season in 2018-19.