Flyers’ Scott Laughton leaves game after vicious hit from Senators’ Alex Chiasson

Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton was forced out of Saturday’s game following a violent hit from Ottawa Senators winger Alex Chiasson. Ottawa got a power play out of the ordeal as Philadelphia’s Sam Gagner got an instigator minor for dropping the gloves with Chiasson.

A brutal hit by Ottawa winger Alex Chiasson has put Philadelphia center Scott Laughton out of Saturday’s game.

In the first frame of the Flyers’ game against the Senators, Laughton was chasing the puck into the Ottawa zone and attempting to push the puck deeper into the zone when Chiasson made contact with Laughton from behind. Laughton, who was slowing as he approached the boards, hadn’t braced himself completely for the contact and was sent head first into the boards:

Laughton was able to get off the ice under his own power, but was ruled out of the game with an upper-body injury, per Flyers GM Ron Hextall. He had only played 23 seconds in the contest.

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After the hit by Chiasson, Flyers winger Sam Gagner dropped the gloves and the two exchanged blows. Chiasson wasn’t handed a penalty on the play for boarding, and Ottawa ended up with a power play out of the ordeal as Gagner landed an instigator minor.

This season, Laughton had played all 19 games, scored three goals, six points and is averaging little more than 12 minutes per game. A first-round pick, 20th overall, of the Flyers in 2012. The 21-year-old is playing his first season as a full-time NHLer.