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What Blake Comeau got away with—cross-checking Red Wings’ Tomas Jurco in the ribs

Columbus Blue Jackets Blake Comeau was suspended for 2 games because he boarded Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith from behind--right into the view of the rink-side cameraman--and it certainly appears that the lack of a major penalty is the reason Comeau was suspended...

But the reason Red Wings fans like myself drew the ire of Blue Jackets fans (and staffers) by using words like "cheating" to describe Columbus's win (not that cheating in hockey is anything less than "part of the skill of the game," so preventing Petr Mrazek from making the save on the 1-1 goal and Matt Calvert pinning Jonathan Ericsson to the ice on the 3-1 goal, that stuff happens, and the reffing was dreadful on both sides) involves the reason that the Red Wings recalled Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids today:

Comeau very purposefully cross-checked Tomas Jurco above his hockey pants and below the chest-protecting part of his shoulder pads just under 5 minutes into the second period, and it is entirely possible  that Comeau broke one or two of Jurco's ribs as a result:

MLive's Ansar Khan's report summarizes what we know about the situation as the Red Wings did not practice today

Forward Teemu Pulkkinen will make his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings Friday against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), after being recalled today from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen will replace Tomas Jurco, who is out for at least that game due to a rib injury suffered in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Columbus.

The fact that the Wings have already ruled Jurco out for a game taking place two evenings from today tells us that whatever happened wasn't a simple bump or bruise, and, as the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, Jurco joins a long list of injured Wings:

Jurco has been with the Wings since December, when he was called up to offset injuries. He has shown himself a capable top-six fill-in, with five goals and five assists in 26 games.

Jurco's injury is the latest to beset a team seemingly unable to go a game without losing someone — the injured already include Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson and Stephen Weiss.

In addition to Andersson (broken foot, out for at least 2 weeks), Datsyuk ('shut down" for three weeks due to a knee injury), Helm (concussion, hopefully back next week), Weiss (lingering pain after abdominal surgery, status unknown), and Zetterberg (out until at least the beginning of the playoffs due to surgery for a herniated disc), we don't know the status of Jonas Gustavsson, who was battling a groin injury on Tuesday, or Jimmy Howard, who had the flu, and while they haven't been playing in some time, Daniel Cleary (foot) and Mikael Samuelsson (???) are hurt as well.

I don't know if the Wings knew what happened to Jurco, but when the Wings and Blue Jackets renew acquaintances on Tuesday the 25th, it is entirely possible that the team may let Comeau know that the injury-inducing play the NHL didn't punish was also unacceptably dirty.

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I don’t know if the Wings knew what happened to Jurco, but when the Wings and Blue Jackets renew acquaintances on Tuesday the 25th, it is entirely possible that the team may let Comeau know that the injury-inducing play the NHL didn’t punish was also unacceptably dirty.

No they won’t.

Posted by godblender on 03/12/14 at 05:47 PM ET

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“when the Wings and Blue Jackets renew acquaintances on Tuesday the 25th, it is entirely possible that the team may let Comeau know that the injury-inducing play the NHL didn’t punish was also unacceptably dirty.”

I sure hope so. Maybe we can get Tootoo up for that game. Then again, maybe if Tootoo were in the lineup like he should be since most teams in the east seem to be dirty, and the Wings could use a guy with not only his toughness and reputation to deter that kind of thing, but also his speed and energy, this kind of thing wouldn’t happen. Or at the very least we can be sure Toots would have kicked his ass after the hit on Smith, and probably again after the hit on Jurco. I know there are some vocal people who think Tootoo was a bad signing in the first place, but just because some people speak more loudly than others, that does not mean they are correct. Tootoo should be in the lineup every night.

Posted by Howdy Gordie on 03/12/14 at 05:51 PM ET

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Well the next time they face we’ll hear some quotes like “The real way to hurt them is on the scoreboard” and “Our powerplay is our enforcer”.

So what happens when our powerplay sucks???  Teams cheapshot us AND shutdown our scoring.  Now it’s just embarrassing…

Time to readjust your way of thinking Holland/Babcock…

Posted by Laran on 03/12/14 at 06:43 PM ET

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Tootoo isn’t coming. No one is stepping up. Has no one watched the Wings the last few seasons? Gone are the days where the team exacts revenge as a team. Not saying that this instance warrants a McCarty v. Turtle kind of retribution, but one one on this team will do anything to Comeau. At this point they might want to focus on just getting the two points….or one if they can get to OT.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 03/12/14 at 06:52 PM ET

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quote]I don’t know if the Wings knew what happened to Jurco, but when the Wings and Blue Jackets renew acquaintances on Tuesday the 25th, it is entirely possible that the team may let Comeau know that the injury-inducing play the NHL didn’t punish was also unacceptably dirty.

Hahahahaha, George you can’t possibly believe this.  The Wigs are the softest team in the league and teams take advantage of it.  Their response is always to cry to Brendan Shanahan instead of handling matters on the ice.  Unfortunately The NHL home office is now the Wings enforcer.

Posted by bababooey on 03/12/14 at 08:35 PM ET

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I expect the Wings to fight for the puck and to fight to win the game. I do not necessarily expect to see any players drop their gloves.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 08:39 PM ET

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Yes, that would be nice if they tried to score some goals and win the game.  How is that different from all other games?

Posted by bababooey on 03/12/14 at 08:44 PM ET

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Just because I don’t agree with exactly every thing that my team does doesn’t mean that I have to despise them for it.

I’m still going to be rooting for the Wings and though I do wish they’d found a way to draft or acquire someone who could keep up with the skill players while dropping ‘em.

Time will tell. Until then I’m not going to worry about it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 08:44 PM ET

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When the Wings went down 2-1 they kinda rolled over and died. There was no *fight* and that was what pissed me off.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 08:49 PM ET

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When the Wings went down 2-1 they kinda rolled over and died. There was no *fight* and that was what pissed me off.

Unfortunately George that has been the story during many third periods this season, and the reason why the Red Wings may miss the playoffs.

Posted by bigfrog on 03/12/14 at 09:16 PM ET

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Yep :(

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/12/14 at 09:20 PM ET

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Hahahahaha, George you can’t possibly believe this.  The Wigs are the softest team in the league and teams take advantage of it.  Their response is always to cry to Brendan Shanahan instead of handling matters on the ice.  Unfortunately The NHL home office is now the Wings enforcer.
   
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      on 03/12/14 at 08:35 PM ET

All of this ^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/13/14 at 10:32 AM ET

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