Just a few injuries to report from last night:
- Dallas Stars > Goaltender > Kari Lehtonen > Groin Injury. Status: Unlikely for Mondays game.
- Dallas Stars > Defenseman > Trevor Daley > Back Issues. Status: Unlikely for Mondays game.
- Dallas Stars > Forward > Vernon Fiddler > Groin Injury. Status: Day to Day.
- Detroit Red Wings > Forward > Patrick Eaves > Broken Jaw. Status: Will be further evaluated.
- Edmonton Oilers > Forward > Taylor Hall > Left Shoulder Injury. Status: Unavailable.
- Pittsburgh Penguins > Defenseman > Kris Letang > Broken Nose. Status: Will be okay.
- Vancouver Canucks > Defenseman > Alex Edler > Upper Body Injury. Status: Unavailable.
There were quite a few injuries yesterday. Some where players will be out for a while, some where players shook off a broken nose and came back to score a controversial game-winning goal in overtime (Kris Letang), and others where their injury status is not known as of yet.
The Dallas Stars were hurt the most by the injury bug last night as they added 3 players to their list of injured players, Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, Defenseman Trevor Daley, and Forward Vernon Fiddler. Those 3 players join Forward Brendan Morrow (upper body), Defenseman Alex Goligoski (broken thumb), and Forward Adam Burish (broken hand) as the list of injured players for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen left Saturday’s game just 5 minutes, 31 seconds in after stopping a shot from Coyotes Defenseman Derek Morris who was offside on the play. He was attended to by one of the trainers and was helped off the ice. Trevor Daley also left in the first period after suffering back issues. Vernon Fiddler was the last to leave the game with an injury as he suffered a groin injury late in the second period. None of them returned.
Detroit Red Wings Forward Patrick Eaves suffered the worst injury of the bunch listed as he suffered a broken jaw after blocking a slap shot from Predators Defenseman Roman Josi who was playing in his first career National Hockey League game. Josi rushed over to Eaves as he was being carried off on a stretcher and said he was sorry and asked him if he was alright. Eaves response… “It’s alright, I’m going to be fine.” Eaves was rushed to the hospital and stayed overnight, he will be further evaluated to determine if he needs to have surgery.
Edmonton Oilers Forward Taylor Hall suffered a shoulder injury after being hit by Avalanche Defenseman Ryan Wilson early in the 1st period. He returned, but after being cross-checked by Defenseman Kyle Quincey (got penalty on play) late in the 1st period, he left for good. He will be further evaluated after getting an MRI.
Pittsburgh Penguins Defenseman Kris Letang broke his nose after getting blindsided by Canadiens Forward Max Pacioretty. Letang came out for the start of overtime and just 2:09 in, he scored the controversial game-winning goal as I stated above. The puck looked to be covered by Carey Price but the referee did not blow the whistle which resulted in Letang grabbing the covered puck and slipping it past Price who was not happy at all with the ref. Price later stated… “I had the _______ thing covered is what I had and they didn’t blow the whistle and they poked it out.” The end result, 4-3 Penguins in overtime.
Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Alexander Edler left in the second period after being hit hard by Sharks Forward Jamie McGinn, he did not return. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow when the team gets back to Vancouver a day before they face the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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