Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/27/06 at 10:05 AM ET
If the Montreal Canadiens are going to regain control of their first-round playoff series tomorrow night, they'll likely have to do it without their undisputed leader. Nobody with the Canadiens was willing to speculate on how serious Saku Koivu's left eye injury was, but the fact that he was taken immediately to hospital during his team's 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 was an indication of how severe it was. Had it simply been a cut around his eye, Koivu undoubtedly would have been back in the game shortly after it happened, but instead he was rushed to a local hospital and was examined by Canadiens ophthalmologist, Dr. John Little.continued What really bothered me was seeing Koivu squinting and reaching out to a ref to help guide him off the ice. I am hoping there is no eye damage. added 8:30am, via the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens would only say that Koivu suffered a "facial injury" and was taken to hospital for further examination, but an educated guess is that the injury is a serious one and Koivu will be on the sidelines for a while. The same should be true for Williams, who should be suspended once the National Hockey League head office folks go to the tape and see the flagrant infraction referees Dennis LaRue and Dan Marouelli missed the first time around.
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