Flyers’ Neuvirth Resting At Home After In-Game Collapse
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth is resting at home after a scary collapse during the first period of Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, team sources say.
Awful moment as Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth collapses in the 1st period of tonight's game. Thankfully, he was sitting up as he left ice. pic.twitter.com/0R9GZpG1EY
— InGoal Magazine (@InGoalMedia) April 1, 2017
Neuvirth was stretchered off the ice and immediately taken to an area hospital for treatment. He was awake and alert, and according to the team all diagnostic tests came back normal.
While we don’t yet know what caused the Czech netminder’s collapse, there has been some illness going around the Flyer’s locker room. Steve Mason was unable to back Neuvirth up Saturday due to illness and Neuvirth had reportedly been dealing with a chest cold prior to the game.
It was because of this that the Flyers had not only LeHigh Valley Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz on hand but an emergency goaltender in the arena as well. Stolarz was due to arrive just as the game began, so the team made arrangements with Eric Semborski, a former Temple University club goalie, to stand in as emergency backup in case Stolarz was delayed.
Stolarz made it and was called into service shortly after arriving. He stopped 26 shots to preserve the team shutout. Philadelphia would go on to win the game 3-0.
Neuvirth did not travel with the team to New York where the Flyers will take on the New York Rangers Sunday. Steve Mason did travel, but it is not known yet whether he will be able to play. It seems as though Stolarz may get the chance to follow up on his win from yesterday.