The Florida Panthers were without Seth Griffith for the majority of Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
And interim coach Tom Rowe isn’t pleased about the incident that knocked his forward from the game.
Griffith was injured on a high hit from Nikolaj Ehlers in the neutral zone. The incident occurred just away from the puck (0:07 of the video clip above), as Griffith was skating toward the Jets blue line.
Griffith played one more shift, which lasted all of three seconds, before he left the game for good. There was no call on the play. Ehlers went on to score in the third period.
Afterward, Rowe sounded off on the hit.
“It was a dirty hit by Ehlers, he deliberately did it,” Rowe said, per the Miami Herald, which reported the injury was a concussion. “I don’t care what anyone says. I saw it on video, it’s a dirty hit.”
In 23 games this season, Griffith had no goals and five assists.
Carolina backup Eddie Lack, who returned from a concussion two weeks ago, has been diagnosed — or, re-diagnosed — with another concussion, the ‘Canes announced on Tuesday.
With Lack sidelined, the club has recalled goaltender Daniel Altshuller from AHL Charlotte.
Lack’s season has largely been derailed by concussions and post-concussion symptoms. He’s only appeared in five games for Carolina this year, the last of those coming on Nov. 10, and didn’t play at all since being activated off IR on Dec. 21.
As a result, Cam Ward has carried a remarkably heavy workload this season. The veteran netminder currently sits fifth in the NHL in starts, with 30.
There was good and bad news for John Moore, after the New Jersey Devils defenseman was stretchered off the ice during Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
The good news: Head coach John Hynes told reporters that Moore was being released from hospital.
The bad news, however, is that the Devils announced that Moore has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion — the result of a hit into the boards from Capitals’ forward Tom Wilson.
“He was flat out hit from behind,” Andy Greene told the Fire and Ice Blog. “Hopefully he’s all right. He’s a big part of our team. He’s a big part of our D corps. Hopefully, everything’s OK.”
“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a dirty play. It looked like a hit from behind. His back was turned on the glass and he was hit pretty hard into the glass. It looked like it was a penalty. The refs felt because he didn’t get launched into the glass it wasn’t a penalty. It’s not my decision to buy or not buy [that]” said Hynes, per the Washington Post.
There was no call on the play.
“I’m going in on the forecheck, his back’s to me so I tried to let up a little bit. I wasn’t trying to finish my check and kind of rubbed him out,” said Wilson.
“Honestly, I wasn’t aware that he really had gone down until I looked back. That plays happens an awful lot in hockey, those over pucks. I don’t know if he couldn’t get his hands up to protect himself or whatever, but obviously [it was] not my intent and wishing him the best.”
Concussion issues sideline Bruins’ David Backes indefinitely
Carolina will have its regular goalie tandem back prior to the holiday break.
Eddie Lack, out since late November with a concussion, has been activated from IR and will rejoin the team ahead of tomorrow’s game against Buffalo.
In conjunction with the Lack news, the ‘Canes also announced that veteran netminder Michael Leighton has been reassigned to AHL Charlotte.
Lack missed the last 14 games with the concussion, and during that time Cam Ward started the majority of Carolina’s games, and fared well. So it’ll be interesting to see when the lanky Swede returns to game action, and how he fares.
Lack struggled to start this year and, at the time of his injury, had all but ceded the net to Ward.
Before the concussion, Lack played just twice in November — one was a 4-1 loss to New Jersey, in which he allowed three goals on 20 shots. The other was a 28-second appearance against Anaheim on Nov. 10.