Toronto Star

Flyers lose Lupul with spinal injury, concussion

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PHILADELPH­IA— Philadelph­ia Flyers forward Joffrey Lupul was expected to miss at least two weeks because of a spinal cord contusion and mild concussion.

Lupul collided with teammate Derian Hatcher in Philadelph­ia’s 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and spent the night in the hospital.

“Right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday. “He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”

Lupul has 16 goals and 19 assists in 39 games this season.

“The more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion . . . in the neck area,” Holmgren told the Philadelph­ia Inquirer. “It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage.

“It’s very disappoint­ing for Joffrey. Obviously, he’s having a very productive season. He’s been a very good player for us.” Associated Press

 ?? J.P. MOCZULSKI/THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? Philadelph­ia’s Joffery Lupul is down after a collision with Derian Hatcher.
J.P. MOCZULSKI/THE CANADIAN PRESS Philadelph­ia’s Joffery Lupul is down after a collision with Derian Hatcher.

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