Video: Saku Koivu helped off ice after Brandon Dubinsky hit

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Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu needed help off of the ice on Sunday after a high hit by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky. Koivu won’t return, according to various reporters including the Los Angeles Times’ ¬†Helene Elliott.

Dubinsky was ejected from the game and received a major penalty for interference. SBNation uploaded video of the hit:

However the league feels about that check, the bottom line is that a significant injury for Koivu could make a tough situation worse for Anaheim.

Elliott points out that Corey Perry might have hurt his ankle during the second period of Sunday’s contest. Dustin Penner’s making progress – he skated with the team in Columbus – but still isn’t ready to play.

So, the Ducks could very well be down a line’s worth of quality forwards if Koivu and Perry miss some time. Tough breaks for a team some believe is still riding some good luck.