Just a day after talking about the possibility of making it back onto the ice and trying to help the Flyers get past the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, it appears Keith Primeau’s attempt at a comeback is over again.
Primeau, who was cleared for contact in practice last Thursday, had a return of concussion symptoms after an in-close contact drill Monday morning and has suffered a setback that will keep him sidelined.
Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said yesterday that Primeau developed a headache Monday afternoon and that would prevent him from being cleared to play.
If there was anything that Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock needed yesterday after the 8-2 loss to the Sabres in Game 2, it was support.
It came early yesterday afternoon from Flyers chairman Ed Snider. Just a few moments before the Flyers took the ice for practice, Snider walked into the team’s Voorhees, N.J., practice facility and into a meeting with Hitchcock and general manager Bob Clarke.
“He was searching,” Hitchcock said. “Trying to help. Mr. Snider was excellent. It’s kind of reassuring when you’re up there with him. He’s been through a lot of these before.
“He’s trying to be reassuring to us, to make sure that we know [the series] is 2-0, not 4-0, and that’s a big thing for us, that’s a big help for all of us.
The verbal spat between Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff calmed down. Now the Philadelphia Flyers have to find a way to cool off the Buffalo Sabres.
Back home after a humiliating 8-2 loss in Buffalo on Monday night put them in an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven, first-round series, the frustrated Flyers regained their composure and worked on slowing the Sabres. Game 3 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
“When you get blown out, it’s how you react that determines the series,” Hitchcock said Tuesday. “We have to throw out our best game. We have not played our best 60 minutes. We have no other way to play tomorrow.”