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Flyers' Michal Neuvirth, Sean Couturier exit win with upper-body injuries

BOSTON -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth and forward Sean Couturier both suffered upper-body injuries in the first period and did not return to Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol had no updates on either player after the game.

After the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 17:24 of the opening period to tie the score at 2-2, Neuvirth fell to his knees and remained there for a few moments. He eventually made it to his feet, remained in the game and finished the period.

The Flyers' No. 1 goalie,Steve Mason, was originally given the night off after playing Tuesday night but started the second period. Neuvirth was not on the bench.

Neuvirth, who signed with the Flyers during the offseason, entered Wednesday's game with a 2-0-0 record, a 1.04 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage, including two shutouts in three games for Philadelphia.

Couturier left the game after he was on the receiving end of a bad hit by Zac Rinaldo at the end of the first period. Rinaldo received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging.

Hakstol said he would not comment when asked about Rinaldo's hit on Couturier, but then added, "There's no place for it, so that's all I have to say. There's no place for it."

When asked if he thought his hit was a charge, Rinaldo said, "I don't know. I saw the puck coming around the boards and I thought he still had full control of the puck, and I just tried to deliver a body check. That was about it.

"I have no comment about the call or anything like that. I guess I just tried to deliver a clean body check and that's what I thought I did.

"It's unfortunate that he's hurt. That's the last thing that I want to do is to hurt someone, and during the game that's not my first priority at all, especially someone that I know personally. So that was the last thing on my mind was to hurt him."


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