Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/21/09 at 09:51 PM ET
Wings announced Kronwall will not return to the game after taking a knee on knee hit from Laraque. Earlier on the same play, Laraque high-sticked Darren Helm so Laraque received 4 for high sticking and 2 for tripping.
added 8:15pm, video of the hit…
added 10:10pm, Mike Babcock on the Wings post-game show said Kronwall injury is not pretty and will wait until Detroit doctors look at him. Babcock said the hit by Laraque is unacceptable in the game of hockey.
added 10:53pm, Scott Morrison on the iDesk (HNIC) said the Wings fear Kronwall has MCL damage. Will know more tomorrow.
added 10:59pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings anticipate being without top-four defenseman Niklas Kronwall for a minimum of two weeks after he was injured Saturday in what general manager Ken Holland flat-out called a dirty hit.
Kronwall, 29, suffered what Holland said early examination revealed to be a second-degree, possibly third-degree MCL sprain to his left knee. In 2005, he needed that knee operated on after tearing his ACL, and ended up missing 52 games.
The Wings are hoping it won’t be nearly as long this time, but won’t know for sure until Kronwall undergoes further testing today (Sunday).
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