Most of the time, hockey players worry about the opposition leaving them injured. Yet considering the chaos and speed inherent to the game, it’s not that shocking that teammates accidentally hurt each other from time to time as well.
It happened at least twice tonight so far, as Chris Thorburn accidentally hit Atlanta Thrashers goalie Chris Mason and also in today’s early afternoon game, as Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara’s high stick broke the nose of teammate Steven Kampfer.
ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald reports that although Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis received a four-minute double-minor penalty during the play, it actually might have been big Chara’s stick that did the damage.
Kampfer is far from a marquee player for the Bruins, but he’s been a solid addition with four goals and two assists for six points in 18 games since being called up from the minors on December 8th.
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.
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: Bullet dodged?