Matt Read was especially frustrated recently, knowing that he couldn’t return to the lineup from a concussion even though he wasn’t having headaches. He would be fine all day, even driving, and when he went to move, his eyes would fail him. “It wasn’t lights,” said Read, who missed six games with concussion symptoms. “It was movements and looking around and stuff like that. It was foggy. It was weird.” The hit came on New Year’s Eve in Calgary, an open-ice thumping that Read saw coming. He wasn’t having headaches like he did two seasons ago when he had his first NHL concussion. “It was all cognitive,” Read said. “Memory was all good, but as soon as I started exercising, my head was doing things. It was tough.” He shook the vestibular issues and returned in time to help new linemate Vinny Lecavalier score a game-winning goal in Buffalo Tuesday. Read felt at home on a line with his usual partner in crime: Sean Couturier. “He said he was a little rusty in the first period, but I thought he did pretty good,” Couturier said. “We seemed to find each other. It was like he never missed any games.” There was never a question as to where Craig Berube would put Read in the lineup. The 27-year-old winger has been playing with Couturier for a couple seasons now, and the Flyers coach believes strongly in forming lines around pairs.
Read's return has been fruitful
Courier-Post | Jan 16