Posts Tagged ‘NHL injuries’

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang returning to action after stroke

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Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins

The puck-moving skills of Kris Letang (58) may be just the thing to spark the Penguins. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Kris Letang says he’ll be nervous, but not scared, when he returns to action tonight against the Red Wings only 10 weeks after suffering a stroke.

“I’m nervous because I haven’t played in a while,” the Penguins defenseman said. “But [scared] about my situation, not at all.”

Letang has been practicing with Pittsburgh since March 17, but a return to action this season was never a sure thing. It was just over a week ago that he said he was still having good days and bad days. “I can be really dizzy,” he said. “Sometimes I have trouble walking, like, in a straight line … I have some vision things. Lights would bother me, stuff like that.”

That didn’t sound promising, but in a press conference this morning, Penguins GM Ray Shero said that Letang had been cleared by doctors, and that it was the player’s call as to when he would return. “He’s been bugging me about it for a while,” Shero said, adding that hockey didn’t cause Letang’s stroke and that the team wasn’t concerned about the risk of another incident. “He’s at no further risk to suffer a stroke playing hockey than going to grocery store.”

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Nathan Horton leaves game vs. Coyotes with injury, history-making to follow?

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    Nathan Horton has been held to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    Nathan Horton has been limited to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    By Amy Lilek

    Nathan Horton has had a rough season battling injuries in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made his return to their lineup on Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it may have come a bit too soon.

    It was announced during the second intermission that Horton would not return to the game after he re-aggravated the lower-body injury that has kept him out of action since March 29.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Drew Doughty of Kings leaves game vs. Sharks with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    It looked like a harmless play, but Kings defenseman Drew Doughty left Thursday’s game against San Jose with an upper-body injury. He was not expected to return, according to Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times.

    Doughty hit Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy and immediately slowed up, bending over and making his way to the Kings’ bench before leaving the game.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Maple Leafs’ Jonathan Bernier leaves game with apparent leg injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier left Thursday’s game with an apparent leg injury after defenseman Paul Ranger pushed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron onto the netminder about midway through the third period.

    Bernier was slow to get up, and once he did, he hobbled off slowly with help from a teammate and a trainer.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks to miss rest of NHL regular season

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    By Allan Muir

    Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get worse for the stumbling Blackhawks, coach Joel Quenneville announced on Wednesday that captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season as a result of an upper-body injury suffered during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Penguins.

    Toews was hurt when he was slammed into the boards by Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik. Toews left the ice holding his arm and did not return to the game.

    Quenneville alleviated the gloom by saying that he expected Toews to be “100 percent” for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but his absence will cause problems down the stretch. The Hawks are locked in a tight battle with the Avalanche for home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup. Chicago is currently in third-place in the Central Division, and trails Colorado by three points with just six games remaining.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Report: Pavel Datsyuk near return to Red Wings lineup

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has been rehabbing a knee injury. (Greg Aibel/Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The injury-riddled Red Wings were hoping to get Pavel Datsyuk back for their game against Boston on Wednesday night after NHL.com reported that he was getting close returning from the knee injury that has sidelined him since February 27. That report proved to be over-optimistic when Datsyuk declared himself not quite ready to return to action after the team’s morning skate.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • GIF: Devils forward Ryane Clowe leaves game with head injury after hard hit

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    By Darian Somers

    New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe left Monday’s game with an apparent head injury and did not return.

    Clowe took a hard hit at the blue line from the Florida Panthers’ Quinton Howden with about a minute left in the second period. The hit sent Clowe flying into the boards, and NBCSN cameras later showed Devils trainers examining the forward on the bench.

    Howden was not penalized for the hit.

    This isn’t Clowe’s first head injury this season — he missed 32 games earlier due to a concussion. The forward had posted three points with two assists and a goal in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over the Panthers.

    Clowe has produced 26 points for the Devils, who are chasing one of the final spots in the East. The victory over Florida gave New Jersey 79 points — three out of the last wild card spot in the East.


  • Published On Mar 31, 2014
  • Matt Duchene of Colorado Avalanche out four weeks with injury

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    Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche

    Matt Duchene, who leads the Avalanche with 70 points, won’t return until the playoffs. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Despite a solid 3-2 win over the Sharks, the Avalanche took a couple of lumps on Saturday night. Center Ryan O’Reilly lost his bid to make it through the entire season penalty-free when he was called for, of all things, playing with a broken stick. (Come on, stripes, it was a bogus call and you know it.) And first-line center Matt Duchene skated all of one shift before he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn and was forced him to leave the game.

    As it turns out, the Duchene incident will have an impact going forward.

    Colorado announced at practice on Monday morning that Duchene, the club’s leading scorer, will miss approximately four weeks with a knee injury. With the playoffs two weeks away and a postseason date with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks all but booked, it’s not exactly the most fortuitous timing.

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  • Published On Mar 31, 2014
  • VIDEO: Jonathan Toews leaves games vs. Penguins after hit from Brooks Orpik

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    By Mike McMahon

    Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was forced to leave Sunday’s action against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a heavy hit into the corner boards from defenseman Brooks Orpik.

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • Hernia surgery ends the season of Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan

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    By Allan Muir

    The immutable laws of math assure us that the Senators remain in contention for a playoff berth in the East.

    Bobby Ryan’s health tells us otherwise.

    The veteran winger will undergo hernia surgery today in Montreal, ending his season and snipping whatever thin filament of postseason hope the team’s diehards still grasped.

    “Bobby has been dealing with the discomfort of this injury since it was sustained in November,” said Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray. “Both Bobby and our medical staff were hopeful that we could hold off from having surgery until the completion of the season, but he aggravated the condition last Saturday in Dallas to the point that surgery is now the only option.”

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014


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