Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, left, and Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) go for the puck during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo
Alex Brandon
April 15, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) Center Sean Couturier will miss the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers' first-round series against the Washington Capitals because of an upper-body injury.

The team said Friday that he will be out at least two weeks. Couturier's loss is a significant blow to the Flyers because of his defensive roles at even strength and on the penalty kill and his offensive ability on the power play.

Couturier left Game 1 on Thursday favoring his left shoulder after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin midway through the second period. The Capitals dominated after his departure and won 2-0.

The 23-year-old averaged over 18 minutes a game for Philadelphia during the regular season and drew the toughest defensive matchups. He tied a career high with 39 points on 11 goals and 28 assists.

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