Erik Gustafsson’s hard-luck season continued Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.

The 24-year-old defenseman blocked a shot from Caps winger Eric Fehr at the 7:00 mark of the second period and didn't return.

“He hit me on the [left] shin pad. It’s OK, just a lower-body injury,” Gustafsson said.

Asked if he can play Saturday against Ottawa, he replied, “We’ll see. It got treated and we’ll see how fast it goes. I’ll be back sooner than later.”

As for pain, he said, “It’s not great, but it could definitely be worse.”

He knows worse. Gustafsson previously blocked a shot while playing with the Adirondack Phantoms on Dec. 15, 2012 and missed six weeks with a fracture in his lower right leg.

He was finally healthy enough to be called up by the Flyers on Feb. 16.

In seven games now, Gustafsson is averaging 18:47 of ice time and has two assists.

“It’s part of the game, stuff happens,” he said.

Head hunting
Danny Briere was very unhappy after the game because there was no call on Alex Ovechkin’s attempted elbow to his head midway into the final period.

It didn’t land entirely.

“Ovechkin, that was a dangerous hit to my head,” Briere said. “I braced to take the hit and he came flying at me.”

The Flyers will want that hit reviewed by the league office, especially in light of Harry Zolnierczyk's possible suspension for his five-minute kneeing penalty to Mathieu Perreault that drew a game misconduct in the final 25 seconds.

Caps coach Adam Oates said he did not think Harry Z’s hit was dirty.

“I think it’s a product of our whole game,” Oates said. “There is 30 seconds left, the game's over and Matty thought he could stick handle through the team.