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Vancouver forward Ryan Johnson was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the end boards early in the second period of the Canucks’ game against Detroit on Tuesday night.
With just under three minutes gone in the period, Johnson raced into the Detroit zone, swerved past defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom but lost his balance and crashed into the boards head-first.
Medical personnel put Johnson onto a stretcher and he was wheeled off the ice.
Upated word is Johnson has been taken to the hospital for observation and tests. He is alert and has movement.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Having one of the game’s best young talents certainly helps. Kopitar has clicked with new linemate Ryan Smyth, who is willing to do the dirty work required to score goals.
Kings captain Dustin Brown sees a bit of Smyth’s influence rubbing off on Kopitar, who now is winning those battles in the corners. He’s also competing harder than ever.
“A couple years ago, he’d get pushed around and the puck would get away from him,” Brown said. “This year, he’s saying, ‘That’s not going to happen.’”
That’s added strength. It’s also confidence.
via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Flyers forward Simon Gagne has two small hernias in his right groin area, the team announced today.
The diagnosis was made after an examination by Dr. Allen Schurict from Pennsylvania Hospital, after Gagne had an ultrasound procedure yesterday.
The Flyers said their medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss possible treatments.
from the Denver Post,
The Avalanche confirmed Tuesday that the national swine flu scare has hit the team’s bench. Goalie Peter Budaj, out since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is suffering from the H1N1 virus, the team said.
Craig Anderson, who has started in goal in a team record-long 11 games to begin the season, will again be in the net tonight as the Avs take on the host Oilers.
Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday in Denver against Carolina. But he fell ill Thursday afternoon and was scratched. Tyler Weiman was recalled from Lake Erie to backup Anderson and he will remain on the roster.
From the first sign of Budaj’s flu last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
If there is a problem with Montreal’s goaltending, it is not so much the ability of the two puck-stoppers but the dynamic. While all the “1 and 1A” stuff sounds swell, teams generally prefer defined roles—a clear-cut top guy and a reliable backup who can fill in competently or at times spectacularly as Craig Anderson (now with Colorado) did in Florida and Ty Conklin (now in St. Louis) did in Detroit last season.
But Halak is 24 and Price is 22, hardly the age in which either would care to play Sancho Panza to the other’s Don Quixote. And as they are similar in age, they are not all that dissimilar in ability even though Price, the 2009 All-Star game starter, has more renown. The situation should work fine in the short term, but if this construct doesn’t eventually change, some creative friction might arise that would not be as healthy.
more plus a look at the injuries throughout the league and a look at the Oilers…
Former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was on Leafs Lunch today with Darren Dreger & Bill Watters. He discussed headshots and the Mike Richards hit on David Booth.
“There is not a place in the game for those kind of hits.”
“Those hits are a punishable act.”
“If were going to make a change…there has to be a line drawn in the sand.”
“The head has to be off limits.”
“I’m a real live human being and I still have a life and it impacts the players life when he’s gone.”
listen to the full interview at AM 640...
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to some of the rants he has received…
Pierre, what will it take for Carolina to finally go after a decent Goaltender? Cam Ward has played well below par for starting goaltenders ever since winning the stanley cup yet he still gets signed to an extension like he is a Star Tender....
(Pierre)- Dude, have you been watching hockey the last few seasons? Cam Ward has been one of the very best at his position and is largely the reason Carolina reached the Eastern Conference finals last season after upsetting Boston in the second round. His .913 save percentage so far this season is only a bit off from the .916 he sported last season….
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
David Booth met with his teammates and then the media on Tuesday. DeBoer gave him a warm greeting. Basically Booth says he gets bad headaches and can only read or watch tv for five minutes at a time. He has cuts on his nose and a bad black right eye. He says he doesn’t remember much but has seen replays of the hit. He was very diplomatic and would not say whether he thought the hit was dirty, nor if Mike Richards should be suspended. Booth also said that Richards text messaged him yesterday wishing him a quick recovery. Booth says he hasn’t replied yet, saying he gets headaches when he texts.
A few thoughts on the start of the NHL season and some Twitter talk too at my NHL.com blog today.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Given 11 power plays, Toronto converted five, including two of three 5-on-3 advantages in a game that spilled out-of-the-margins even for the Ducks, who committed 17 of the game’s 27 penalties.
“We lost the hockey game,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “Did the referees make as many mistakes as we did or did we make more mistakes than the officiating? That’s the way I always judge it.
If you go through a hockey game and you can make less mistakes than the officials make in the game, then you usually have pretty good chance of winning.”
That’s not to say Carlyle wasn’t disconcerted with the undisciplined play he saw Monday night.
“It hasn’t been an issue up until tonight,” he said.
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