NO JOKE! FLYER MICHAEL RAFFL IS FINE AFTER COLLAPSING ON BENCH

By Harry Allison

At first his Flyers mates thought Michael Raffl was joking when he collapsed on the bench last night.

After all, Raffl is the team’s class clown.

Last night’s game with the Rangers was delayed for several minutes when Raffl required medical attention.

GM Ron Hextall said after the Flyers’ 3-2 shootout victory that Raffl sustained an upper-body injury but was feeling better. Raffl was examined at Wells Fargo Center.

“I just talked to him,” Hextall said. “Everything is as good as you can expect. … Michael is fine. Michael stayed here. He’s fine. I just talked to him. He’s cracking jokes.”

After a faceoff in the Flyers zone following a holding penalty against forward Jakub Voracek at 2:52, play was stopped at 2:58 as Raffl was removed from the bench after coming off having finished a shift. He was hit in the area of his chin by Rangers forward Jarret Stoll as play was whistled down for the Voracek penalty.

“He’s a funny guy and sometimes he says something funny,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “I thought he was joking around. I told him to move [down the bench], and then I realized he wasn’t joking around and I started freaking out and I started yelling for Jimmy [McCrossin, director of sports medicine]. It wasn’t a fun moment. The whole team was pretty worried. But he looks good right now. It was pretty scary.”

Hextall said he wasn’t sure if Raffl would be available for the Flyers’ next game, Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Raffl, 26, has one assist in six games this season playing left wing on the Flyers’ top line alongside Giroux and Voracek.

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