Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy suffered a concussion during Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced on Sunday.
Murphy was injured on a hit from Flyers forward Ryan White early in the second period.
White received a minor penalty for boarding on the play. Murphy played one more shift after the hit before leaving the game.
Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said the team initially believed Murphy suffered a shoulder injury, but confirmed the 22-year-old has a concussion.
“He’ll go through the protocol starting tomorrow, and we’ll just take it day-by-day,” Peters told the team's website.
Murphy has four assists in 17 games this season while averaging 17 minutes a night in ice time.
With Murphy sidelined, the Canes have just six healthy defensemen on the active roster, but don’t plan on recalling a blue liner from the Charlotte Checkers.
“We’re banged up in our organization the back-end,” Peters said. “We’re not going to call anybody up until we need to. We’ve got six capable bodies, and we’ll play them.”
Michal Jordan, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday, will draw into the lineup when the Hurricanes play host to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.
“I think it will be easier in the fact that there will be six D,” said Peters. “We looked at the minutes for Justin Faulk after two (periods), and it was at 14 or 15. Then, after three, it was 28, so he played 12-plus minutes in the third, which is a lot of hockey. That’s more than every other shift. Half the period. I think that impacted our ability to go back fast, execute quick and join the rush to be active as D.
“Now, we’ve got six D. All three sets play, and all are capable of moving the puck and joining the rush.”
The Flyers announced on Sunday that White suffered an upper body injury in the win over the Canes. White had 12:34 of ice time and finished with three hits. It’s unclear when the 27-year-old was injured, but he did not have a shift in the final 12:28 of the third period.
White is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.