Markov heads back to Montreal for treatment

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Markov.jpgPer the Canadian Press, Habs defenseman Andrei Markov has returned to
Montreal to receive treatment for his “lower body injury” he suffered
after Matt Cooke’s big — but clean — hit in the first period of last
night’s game.

Markov was in obviously excruciating pain after he
awkwardly hit the boards, as gloves and stick went flying as he writhed
around the ice. While we’ll likely not get a full report on exactly what
the injury was, it seemed as if he injured his right leg as he slammed
into the boards. While speculating is likely going to get us nowhere
near the actual injury, it seemed as though Markov could have suffered a
tendon injury in his knee from the hard collision.

The hit was a
bit behind the play as Cooke finished his check, which explains the
melee that ensued as the entire Habs team on the ice went after the
NHL’s resident villain. It was a completely clean hit — this time —
but when you see one of your top players down on the ice and Cooke
skating away, it’s easy to see how the Canadiens would be a bit angry.

I’m not a big fan of fighting after clean hits, but in this case it’s

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.