At first it was thought to be just a shoulder injury, but now we learn that Steven Stamkos will miss at least one game of the IIHF World Hockey Championships with a possible concussion. From Sportsnet:
“I think it’s just a protocol that you follow when someone has the
symptoms that he had,” said Canadian GM Mark Messier. “It’s not a blunt
blow to the head, that kind of concussion. It’s a different kind when
you get hit in the jaw. There’s still a protocol to follow and we’re
going to do that because it’s the right thing to do.”
Mark Messier is one of the biggest advocates for player safety, in particular head injuries, and I’m certain he won’t allow Stamkos back on the ice until they are certain he is fine. That the injury came from an elbow to the jaw and not to the head alters things and it’s likely that even Messier’s new helmet wouldn’t have helped.
He says that he’s looking at adding a forward from one of the recently eliminated teams. Could Sidney Crosby be available?
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.