Flyers' Laperriere likely done for season with brain contusion

PAUL HOLMGREN had said it would take hell freezing over for Ian Laperriere to miss the Flyers’ next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In a matter of seconds last Thursday night, Laperriere’s life flashed before his eyes at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Now, the remainder of his first season as a Flyer may have frozen over.

Laperriere yesterday visited a specialist in Pittsburgh, who confirmed an initial CT scan that showed a brain bruise as a result of blocking a shot with his face. The rugged winger is likely finished for the season.

“Right now, it’s not safe for Ian to play,” general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday. “I think this is significant. They saw a little spot there initially and I think they were hoping, like we all were, that it would dissipate a little bit, but after seeing the doctor and validating it again today – it kind of erased any optimism we had.”

The injury is every bit as significant now as it was gut-wrenching last week.

With 16:04 left in the third period of the Game 5 clincher, Devils defenseman Paul Martin wound up for a shot on the power play. As usual, Laperriere dived to prevent a shot on Brian Boucher .

Martin’s rising slap shot caught Laperriere less than an inch above his right eye, causing an immediate torrent of blood to shoot from his face. Unlike the shot Laperriere took to the face on Nov. 27 against Buffalo, when he lost seven teeth and required more than 100 stitches, Laperriere didn’t know where he was going. He said he couldn’t see anything out of his right eye for 5 to 10 minutes after the impact. You could see him feeling around on the ice, looking for help.

“I said to Jimmy , ‘Is it [his eye] there?’ ” Laperriere asked as he frantically skated off the ice.

The brain contusion, being called a mild concussion by doctors, is just one part of the injury. He also fractured the right orbital bone, required 60 to 70 stitches to close the wound above his eyebrow, and is still experiencing blurred vision.

One Response to Flyers' Laperriere likely done for season with brain contusion

  1. leafy says:

    A brain contusion. Holy crap! They don't pay hockey players enough money as far as I'm concerned.  Except for Stajan. Haha!

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