Vladimir Konstantinov

Vladimir Konstantinov… The artist?


When Vladimir Konstantinov’s playing career was cut short after his limousine accident in 1997 leaving him with brain damage and unable to walk it was curious to see what he would do after a life filled with hockey.

While he’s still struggling with many things in life he’s made great strides in his recovery leading to a new passion. The Detroit News’ Gregg Krupa discovers that Konstantinov has taken his skills to the canvas as an artist and his work will be displayed in a gallery near Detroit.

Seeing what once was one of the most feared defenseman in the NHL become a modern day water color artist makes for one of the more incredible turns of style. With all that Konstantinov has gone through since the accident, however, for him to find peace and activity to keep rehabilitating his mind is incredible. After all, an accident like he was in could’ve taken his life. Modern medicine and therapy getting him to this point in life is nothing short of amazing.

Making his artwork even better is that the Gallery in Troy, Michigan will be selling some of his pieces with the funds going to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.