Hits don't have to be dirty to turn a player's brains into a bowl of oatmeal.
Flyers' left winger Michael Raffl doesn't remember anything about the
hit that Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog laid on him
Thursday night in Denver, but from the video replay and the opinion of
Flyers' coach Craig Berube, he feels it was a clean hit.
“The puck came around the boards and I just tried to poke it back, a
reverse play,” Raffl told reporters. “I just remember coming up from the
ground. I saw the video." The 25-year old went on to remark that he didn't have any headaches and actually feels good.
“I didn’t expect to feel this good - no problems at all. I think I’ll be fine.”
skated with the team on Saturday morning but was held out of Saturday
night's game in Phoenix against the Coyotes as a precaution until the
team returned to Philadelphia on Sunday - and hopes that he can be back
in the lineup on Tuesday night in New Jersey.
He has been productive for the Flyers as he has two goals and
11 points in 29 games, sporting a plus-two rating and averaging 13:13 of ice time per game.