No matter the final score of Game 4 between the Flyers and Capitals, the hope for both teams will be that Philadelphia winger Scott Laughton is OK after a scary and violent collision with the boards behind the Washington net.
In the opening frame Wednesday night, Laughton, 21, was charging into the Capitals’ zone and attempting to get to the edge on Washington’s John Carlson when the defenseman closed the gap and gave Laughton a shove. The hit itself wasn’t overly aggressive but the end result left Laughton down on the ice and barely moving.
As Laughton laid nearly motionless on the ice, a hush fell over the Wells Fargo Center and the medical staff on hand for Game 4 came out onto the ice with a stretcher. Laughton was placed on a backboard, stabilized and hoisted onto the stretcher before being taken off the ice. Players from both teams came over to Laughton and offered words of encouragement as he was transported to the dressing room.
According to Sportsnet’s Scott Oake, Laughton was conscious and speaking with the medical staff as he was taken to the Flyers’ room. Philadelphia noted on their official Twitter account that Laughton was transported to hospital for “precautionary reasons,” and said they would provide updates on his condition as they’re made available.
Laughton has seven goals and 21 points in 71 games this season, and has registered zero points and seven shots in 24:23 of ice time over the past two games. He was not in the lineup for Game 1.
UPDATE: The Flyers announced all tests on Laughton came back negative, but he will remain in hospital overnight for precautionary reasons.