Max Talbot’s first thoughts were of his fiancée and the baby she’ll soon be having.

It was late in the second period of Thursday’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The Flyers’ gritty forward had just taken an awkward hit and toppled face first into in the boards. He struggled to get up clutching at his nose and stumbling toward the tunnel to the team’s locker room.

Everything happened so fast Talbot wasn’t sure how badly he was hurt. He knew Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot had been behind him. He knew he lost his balance as he headed toward the boards by the Rangers’ bench. And of course he saw the blood.

It was a very scary moment.

“It’s a weird feeling” Talbot said. “Obviously I don’t wish that to anybody.”

Talbot returned to the Flyers’ locker room where he was evaluated by team doctors and passed all the necessary concussion tests. It was then that he decided he would return to the game -- it was a close one worth a badly needed two points after all.

As goalie Steve Mason put it: “That’s just the type of player he is.”

“You walk it off” Talbot said. “You see it’s a tight game as well. Took some time with the doctors talked we did all the tests. … Everything seemed OK. We patched up my nose a little bit.