The Philadelphia Flyers are in danger of losing their top goal scorer.
Already without Sean Couturier (lower body), the Flyers lost forward Wayne Simmonds, who was assessed a match penalty during Saturday’s game against the New York Rangers.
Simmonds delivered a punch to the head of Ryan McDonagh in reaction to a cross check he received from the Rangers defenseman.
“To be honest with you, I’m happy that Simmer was still standing after the cross check that he took across the side of the head,” said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol.
The Flyers forward was assessed a match penalty and a game misconduct for his blow to McDonagh while the Rangers’ captain received two minutes for slashing and two minutes for high sticking near the midway mark of the first period.
McDonagh left the game and did not return.
“He’s precautionary right now, we’ll know more (on Sunday),” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said postgame.
According to NHL Rule 21.2, in addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue.
As a result, Simmonds availability for the Flyers’ game on Sunday in Washington is in question.
“I don’t have a comment on (the match penalty), but I’m happy that Simmer wasn’t injured,” Hakstol said.
Simmonds has a team-leading 18 goals and 34 points in 50 games this season.