Sean Couturier's "lower-body" injury was a lot more serious than originally believed.
After the Flyers were eliminated by the Penguins in Game 6 Sunday (see observations), Couturier revealed he had been playing on a torn MCL in his right knee. It will not require surgery, he said.
Couturier missed just one game with the injury. When asked if he'd come back as fast if it were the regular season, the centerman said, "probably not."
"It's usually something like four weeks," he said. "Depends on the situation during the season, [but] probably take more time off."
The Flyers' top center suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Radko Gudas during practice April 17. He missed Game 4 and then returned for Game 5 in Pittsburgh, where he scored the game-winning goal to help the Flyers force Game 6.
On Sunday afternoon, Couturier recorded his second career playoff hat trick — both coming against the Penguins — and had five total points in the Flyers' 8-5 loss.
"That was incredible," Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald said. "If you guys only knew what kind of shape those guys were in. I respect the hell out of those guys."
It turns out, we found out exactly what kind of shape Couturier was in, and it certainly was far more serious than we thought.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's Eric Mullin contributed to this story.