NHL Injuries: Penguins, Ducks and Blues

NHL Injuries: Penguins, Ducks and Blues

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks
On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

AJ Perez and Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Concussion spotters didn’t have the authority to pull Sidney Crosby from Monday’s game as crashing into the boards is not a “mechanism of injury” under their guidelines. Crosby was slow to get up, but he finished the game.

“Depending on the mechanism of injury, ‘slow to get up’ does not trigger mandatory removal,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA TODAY Sports. “The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal. ‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions — ‘boards’ has not been.”

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said on Monday that Crosby wasn’t checked by doctors for a concussion, on Tuesday Crosby said he was “checked out.”

Nick Cotsonika: Sidney Crosby said that he was checked by a doctor after the first period in Game 6. The doctor had decided that Crosby didn’t need to go through concussion protocol. He didn’t have any concussion symptoms.

On the Anaheim Ducks …

Eric Stephens: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Patrick Eaves and Logan Shaw are “very questionable” after not skating yesterday.

Eric Stephens: Patrick Eaves left the arena on crutches.

Eric Stephens: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa skated before practice yesterday but left the ice when practice started.

Eric Stephens: Forward Nate Thompson didn’t skate yesterday and the Ducks have recalled Sam Carrick.

Curtis Zupke: Forward Ondrej Kase skated yesterday.

On the St. Louis Blues …

Andy Strickland: Forward Vladimir Tarasenko doesn’t require surgery.

Andy Strickland: Alex Steen has been playing with a broken foot. All of the other injuries that Blues players were dealing with should be healed within the next six weeks.

Lou Korac: It had been originally thought that Steen would need surgery but it may be looking like he doesn’t.