Cody Franson

Cody Franson briefly believed he was blinded

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The list of NHL players who’ve taken a puck, stick or some other object to their eyes is longer than it should be. For some, those horrible accidents ended their careers. Others (see: Bryan Berard) never were really the same while a lucky group managed to dodge that bullet.

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson appears to be one of those fortunate types, but as Dave Feschuk reveals, there were some tense moments when it didn’t seem that way.

In an unlikely instant, the butt end belonging to teammate Tim Connolly had somehow found its way through the slot between Franson’s protective visor and his face. Five seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds passed, and Franson saw nothing but black through his injured left eye.

Franson recounted the incident in interesting detail.

“That was scary to me, not being able to see for 15 or 20 seconds,” Franson said. “I was nervous at first. I didn’t know what to feel. It felt like my eyeball kind of got pushed back into the socket a bit.”

“It’s kind of like that ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ commercial where they put the three glasses (in front of the camera). You see (three of everything) and you just pick the middle one … But you’re just glad you can see. I was very fortunate.”

Now that it’s clear Franson is OK, I must admit that his comment about his eye “kind of getting pushed back into the socket” reminds me of Mac’s dog “Poppins” from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Franson revealed that he was lucky enough to only have some scratches on his nose and eyelid. Speaking of scratches, it’s unclear if the injury or just his place in the Maple Leafs’ fold might keep out of the lineup in the next game or two, but it’s likely that the former Nashville Predators blueliner feels a lot more fortunate today than he did before Wednesday.

Video: Mika Zibanejad’s check to Tyler Bozak’s head

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Saturday’s been unkind to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and not just on the scoreboard (where it’s 3-0 early on against the Ottawa Senators).

The Maple Leafs lost Tyler Bozak to an apparent upper-body injury thanks to a questionable hit by Sens forward Mika Zibanejad.

You can judge that check (which drew a minor penalty for illegal check to the head) in the video above. Again, Bozak will not return to tonight’s game.

It’s unclear if Bozak will miss time beyond this contest.

Malcolm Subban hospitalized after taking puck to throat

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Scary stuff on Saturday: multiple reporters (including the Maine Hockey Journal’s Chris Roy) note that Malcolm Subban was taken to a hospital after a puck struck his throat during warm-ups.

There’s no word yet on Subban’s condition beyond that he was taken away in an ambulance.

The AHL’s Providence Bruins seem like they’ve been left scrambling for a backup goalie in Subban’s absence.

Subban stated days ago that he’s taken some significant steps forward during the 2015-16 season.

 

Senators get Kyle Turris back on Saturday

Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris celebrates his game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The Ottawa Senators cannot pin all of their troubles on missing their No. 1 center, yet it probably feels like a huge relief to get him back.

After missing six games with his latest injury, Kyle Turris is in the lineup as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Again, it’s not all a matter of missing Turris, but the Senators went 1-5-0 during his six-game absence. They’ve really been falling since late December, to be honest.

Will Turris be enough to stop the bleeding? Perhaps to an extent, but the Senators are in for a serious battle if they hope to fight through the East bubble.

Habs’ win was a showcase for P.K. Subban, Connor McDavid

Montreal Canadiens defensemen  P.K. Subban (76) holds off Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. (Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Times have been tough for Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers fans lately, even if they’ve been frustrating in different ways.

Saturday’s 5-1 Habs win highlights a few things, but the most tantalizing thought for those fans is that it’s likely that we’ll see more great things from P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid … sometimes against each other.

Perhaps this will be a confidence booster for Montreal. More than anything else, it directed attention to Subban, who’s quietly been absolutely fantastic for the floundering Canadiens.

Consider how much of an offensive burden he’s currently carrying:

From one current All-Star to someone who could be a perennial one: McDavid certainly seemed to grab Subban’s attention.

Then again, when you make moves like these, who won’t notice?

The Oilers did lose, mind you, so it’s not surprising that Todd McLellan mentioned that the team can’t depend upon McDavid for everything.

That said, the funny thing about that quote is that McDavid might just carry the Oilers for two decades, at least if health and other factors go the right way.

If that’s true, Subban vs. McDavid could be a fun matchup to watch a few times per season for a long, long time.