On a night when the Flyers' top centerman Claude Giroux made his preseason debut coming off an injury his top right wing went down with an injury of his own. Jakub Voracek the Flyers’ leading goal scorer last season with 22 sustained an “upper-body” injury during the second period of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center. “It’s not serious” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I don’t think he was going to play on Thursday anyway.” Voracek was taken down hard from behind by Devils’ defenseman Mark Fayne during a second period breakaway. The Czech winger slid awkwardly into the left post appearing to injure the left side of his back. Though awarded a penalty shot Voracek was in so much discomfort he failed to get a decent shot off. Even before taking the penalty shot Voracek was in obvious pain after untangling himself from the net. “You never want to see that” coach Peter Laviolette said of the injury. “I love the move he made -- the power move to the net from the outside. It was a great play a great attempt but you don’t want to see anybody hurt.” Voracek left the game and did not return but was walking afterward without a limp. He was not however permitted to speak to the media. Giroux made his preseason debut recovering from surgery to repair tendon damage to his right hand. “I felt better as the game went on” Giroux said. “I think the first period was just getting back in the game and making plays.” He must be feeling pretty good as Giroux won 9 of 11 faceoffs. “He will continue to get to game speed and there is always a little bit of transition for guys coming in that … come off an injury and getting back into a game” Laviolette said. “Game speed and quickness so I think that will get better for him as he plays and practices. Overall he played a pretty good game.” Injuries aside early on this was another frustrating match against a Devils team that literally owns the Flyers.
Voracek injured in Flyers' preseason loss to NJ
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