Flyers' Couturier out of Capitals series with injury

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Friday, April 15, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Center Sean Couturier will miss the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers' first-round series against the Washington Capitals because of an upper-body injury.

The team said Friday that he will be out at least two weeks. Couturier's loss is a significant blow to the Flyers because of his defensive roles at even strength and on the penalty kill and his offensive ability on the power play.

Couturier left Game 1 on Thursday favoring his left shoulder after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin midway through the second period. The Capitals dominated after his departure and won 2-0.

The 23-year-old averaged over 18 minutes a game for Philadelphia during the regular season and drew the toughest defensive matchups. He tied a career high with 39 points on 11 goals and 28 assists.