Flyers Notes: Ron Hextall provides latest on Michal Neuvirth

Flyers Notes: Ron Hextall provides latest on Michal Neuvirth

NEW YORK -- Flyers general manager Ron Hextall refused to say exactly what was the final diagnosis on goalie Michal Neuvirth, but outward signs seem to indicate a sinus infection and chest cold.

Given all his medical tests came back negative for anything else and this was the one issue that had been lingering with Neuvirth, it's safe to say that's why he passed out in his crease during the opening minutes of Saturday's 3-0 win over New Jersey.
"My understanding is his sinus was clogged up and that has something to do with it," Hextall said Sunday, reiterating he's not a doctor.

Doctors are not permitted to speak to the media.

"He didn't know [what happened]," Hextall said. "He said neutral zone faceoff and got a little dizzy."
Neuvirth was dehydrated, too.
"Again, I don't want to get into details, but dehydration affects the body in funny ways, so I am sure when you get sick, hydration is an issue," Hextall said. "I am sure it was probably tied in there. All the tests came back normal."
Hextall said that Steve Mason, who missed Saturday's game entirely, had a stomach virus. Mason backed up Anthony Stolarz during Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers (see game story).
Several players said a flu bug has been going around the dressing room for a while now and weren't surprised that Neuvirth might have been affected.
Asked whether he was comfortable his medical team didn't miss any significant signs that they need to be aware of in the future, Hextall said he had full confidence his medical team handled things correctly.
"I don't think there is a whole lot that can be done there," Hextall said. "I have he had a sinus infection for a month-and-a-half now. Guys have had it, too.
"If guys didn't play when they had a little sniffle, then we wouldn't have too many players for the whole year. We'd play a dozen every night."
Nick Schultz, a healthy scratch for four games, returned to the lineup in place of Radko Gudas (concussion). Since the All-Star break, Schultz had been scratched 17 of 28 games.
Dual shutout
Saturday was the Flyers' first shared goaltender shutout since Nov. 15, 2001, when Brian Boucher and Roman Cechmanek combined to shut out the Washington Capitals, 5-0, in Philadelphia. It is just the third combined shutout on record in Flyers history, joining that one and one by Ron Hextall and John Vanbiesbrouck on Jan. 9, 1999, a 2-0 win against Carolina.

Late rally gives Flyers something to show for strong effort

Late rally gives Flyers something to show for strong effort


RALEIGH, N.C. – Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol commended his team for a complete 60-minute effort that was needed to overtake and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 at PNC Arena on Saturday night (see observations).

“It’s an important two points, but I guess, as important I thought it was a really hard-working, start-to-finish win for us,” he said.

Placing Alex Lyon in net to lead from the back end, the young netminder made 23 stops, many critical, that allowed the Flyers to generate momentum to strike all at once in the third period.

Trailing 1-0, containing the Hurricanes’ speed and ability to maintain puck possession was a priority – somewhat of ‘survive and advance’ mindset to have in March.

The Flyers won 27 of 48 draws, a stat that eventually evened out, but was a critical one that the Flyers led in for two periods, before taking advantage of Carolina turnovers in the third.

 “It was a grind,” Hakstol said. “I liked the way we played in the first two periods. We talked about a couple of little things we can maybe improve going into the third, but the biggest thing was making sure we went out and got a big penalty kill to start with and just go back at it.”

For 40 minutes, Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward stymied shooters like Jakub Voracek and crease cleaners like Wayne Simmonds, among others, but the force of the shield he presented eventually diminished late in the game. The Flyers scored all four of their goals in the final 11-plus minutes.

While giving the puck away 10 times, 15 takeaways allowed the Flyers to regain possessions and capitalize on their chances when it counted most. 

“I don’t know if there was a catalyst,” Hakstol said when asked to identify the turning point in the game for his team.

“A lot of times it’s the simple, hard things that you do. That’s what it takes to score at this time of year.”

The win pulled the Flyers back into a tie for third place in the Metropolitan Division, a floating buoy line extending to the wild-card spot they will tread beside for the remainder of the season, unless they can compile more wins like this one.

“We needed a win for a lot of different reasons,” Hakstol said. “We needed the two points in every respect, but we needed a win for our group in here to have something to show for their hard work. When you lose games and can’t put wins together, the negatives really start to magnify, even though there’s a ton of positives. On a couple of different levels, this was an important two points.”