It was business as usual in the Flyers dressing room Friday.
The morning after learning captain Chris Pronger is done for the season with severe post-concussion syndrome, players participating in an optional practice talked afterward about focusing on who they still have available and who they're playing, not their grim injury report.
"Obviously, it's a big loss," rookie center Sean Couturier said. "Pronger's one of the best in the league and it'll hurt us, but at the same time we can't really be sad about it. I think it's time to step up in his place."
The Flyers have been stepping up big time, as they'll take a seven-game winning streak into today's 1 p.m. home game against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Their best streak since an eight-gamer in January 2002 was built in entirely without Pronger, and they've also played the last two without NHL scoring leader Claude Giroux, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.
"So far so good," goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov said. "I hope that we continue to do this, continue to move forward and build our team on whatever we've got in this locker room."
Without Pronger, Flyers try to move on
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