ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -Philadelphia Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen was released from the hospital Saturday after tests revealed no serious injury from a shot that hit him in the groin area.
Thoresen lay writhing in pain after blocking Mike Green's shot in the third period Friday night of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals. The 24-year-old forward was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where two ultrasound tests turned up negative.
``They were checking to see if there was a rupture. There was none,'' general manager Paul Holmgren said. ``We're thankful it's not more serious than it is. I'm sure he's sore, but I wouldn't be surprised if he played tomorrow.''
Thoresen rested at the team hotel while the Flyers practiced for Sunday's Game 2 in the first-round playoff series.
The Capitals were on the power play when Thoresen was injured. Officials did not stop play, effectively giving Washington a two-man advantage during which they scored the tying goal.
``I know in the past there have been players that have laid there and rolled around trying to get a stoppage in play when they've just been hit on the shin,'' Holmgren said. ``It's a tough call. I didn't have a problem with it last night and, thinking about it, I still don't have a problem. The ref has to make a judgment call in a split second, and they made the call they made. Obviously it cost us a goal. I don't believe that's the reason we lost the game.''

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail New York still has work to do down the stretch The Rangers’ recent power-play drought is well-documented. Nonetheless, special teams issues certainly haven’t curtailed New York’s charge up the...
Thumbnail Gibson and Co. in need of bounce-back effort Fans and pundits alike raised their eyebrows when the Bruins relieved coach Claude Julien of his duties on Feb. 7. Now, though, any and all apprehension...
Thumbnail Stastny should give Note a jolt Over the weekend, St. Louis suffered an expected loss to one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders. Will Mike Yeo’s bunch regain its groove against the markedly...
Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Thumbnail Two scorching squads meet on Long Island In recent weeks, the Rangers have cemented their reputation as the NHL’s most formidable road team. But can Alain Vigneault’s crew fend off a suitably...

NHL Team Pages