Both Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter will miss game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils with right foot injuries suffered in Tuesday's 4-1 Flyers' win in Game 4 at Wachovia Center.
Gagne blocked a Brian Rolston shot from the point on a Devils' power play in the second period and suffered a fractured toe, although the Flyers still haven't publicly declared that's what the injury actually is.
Gagne didn't return to the game.
Carter took a shot from Chris Pronger off his right foot before scoring his second goal of the game. He took one more shift the rest of the game but spent the rest of the period on the bench.
He said the shot hit him in his shin and he's fine. Turns out that's not true.
Carter is already playing with a surgically implanted screw into his left foot for a fracture near his arch, and now has a problem with the other foot as well.
The loss of two of their top six forwards is a big blow for the Flyers, who hold a 3-1 series lead and are looking to close out the Devils tomorrow night in Game 5 at Prudential Center in Newark.
A team source has indicated that Ville Leino and David Laliberte will be the two forwards inserted into the lineup to replace the injured Flyers.
More to come later from Sports Editor Rob Parent, who is at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. today providing our Flyers' coverage.