By Tarik El-Bashir
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The Philadelphia Flyers lost more than just a game yesterday at Verizon Center. Right wing Mike Knuble, the team's hero in Game 4 after scoring in double overtime at Wachovia Center, suffered a partially torn hamstring early in the third period and will miss the remainder of the series, the team announced.
Knuble, who plays on the third line with Scottie Upshall and Jeff Carter and also on the first power-play unit, was killing a penalty late in the second period when he attempted to block a shot by Capitals defenseman Mike Green. But as Knuble went down, his skate got caught underneath him, causing the injury.
Knuble played one shift in the third period before leaving the game, which was won by the Washington Capitals, 3-2.
"Individually speaking, to go from the excitement of the game before to hurting yourself the next game where you are facing the fact that you might be done for the series, that's pretty disheartening," said Knuble, who has two goals and five points in the series but was held scoreless yesterday. "You feel bad as an individual, and you feel bad as a teammate. Now you have to watch the guys go out and try and win and you can't do anything to help."
Flyers Coach John Stevens could fill Knuble's spot by promoting Sami Kapanen from the fourth line. The injury also means either Riley Cote or Steve Downie will be in the lineup for Game 6 tomorrow.Officiating Complaints
One game after the Capitals grumbled about the officiating, Stevens took exception with the way yesterday's game was called by Dennis LaRue and Kevin Pollack.
The Capitals had six power plays (and converted two), including three straight in the third period as Philadelphia attempted to rally from a one-goal deficit. The Flyers had three, scoring on one of them.
"There's an old saying, the squeaky wheel gets the grease," said Stevens, who seemed most upset about the goaltender interference call on Upshall at 7 minutes 47 seconds of the third period. Upshall appeared to be pushed into Cristobal Huet by Capitals forward Viktor Kozlov.
"I can't fault Upshall," Stevens added. "He was just going to the net on a scoring chance. It looked like he tried to stop. There's no question you get short-handed, and it ends up being the difference in the game."
On Thursday, the Flyers enjoyed seven man advantages, including one in the final minutes of regulation when Kozlov was whistled for goalie interference. Washington had four power plays.