Sidney Crosby, Mike Sullivan contradict on concussion evaluation

When Sidney Crosby did a header at full speed into the end boards, the collective hockey universe gasped as the superstar appeared slow to gather himself.

Crosby went to the bench, and stayed there briefly. He came back out to finish the period.

It was clear to anyone with functioning eyeballs that the concussion spotters did not do their intended job here, despite their expanded protocols established by the NHL.

Crosby returned to play the rest of the game. It’s not like the Pittsburgh Penguins would risk the health of their most valuable resource; one who missed Game 4 due to a concussion. Right?

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Andrej Sekera out for remainder of series against Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers face a do-or-stay home Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening. The team will be without the services of defenseman Andrej Sekera.

Head coach Todd McLellan ruled out Sekera for Game 6, and should the Oilers win, a possible Game 7 back in Anaheim. The Oilers did not reveal the nature of the injury; however, the Edmonton Journal reports Sekera sustained a left-leg injury.

In the first period of Game 5, the 6-foot, 198-pound Sekera went shoulder-to-shoulder hit with the 6-foot-4, 221-pound raging bull Ryan Getzlaf, sending the Oiler d-man into the boards.

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Erik Karlsson playing with hairline fractures in heel

Everyone plays hurt in the playoffs. Typically we don’t usually find out just how hurt a player is until after their team has been eliminated.

In so many ways, Erik Karlsson is not your typical player.

After the Ottawa Senators eliminated the Boston Bruins, Karlsson revealed to ESPN.com he’s been playing with ‘two hairline fractures in his left heel’ and has ‘been receiving injections on his heel.’

Karlsson was injured blocking a shot on March 28. He missed three of the final five games of the Senators season. According to the article, in the two games (back-to-back) Karlsson played in, he ‘re-aggravated the injury.’

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Andersen leaves game after Sestito makes contact with head (Video)

That loud, guttural scream you heard from the greater Toronto area came as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Anderson lay down in the fetal position on the ice.

In the second period, Andersen comes just beyond the top of his crease. Sestito appears to attempt to set a screen as the Penguins take a shot from up high. The butt of Sestito makes contact with the head of Andersen causing the netminder’s head to whip violently to one side.

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Fowler out 2-6 weeks; GM Murray upset with lack of punishment

Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray feels like his team dodged a bullet. Cam Fowler is expected to miss two to six weeks with a sprained knee. It’s a big gap of time, but the team is expected to know which one it’s closer when Fowler is re-examined next week.

“When I saw the hit, your heart goes in your mouth,” said Murray. “We may have gotten a little bit of a break.”

He’s not kidding.

The hit on Fowler by Mark Giordano appeared to bend the defenseman’s knee sideways.

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Mark Giordano takes out Cam Fowler in knee-on-knee hit (Video)

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler had to leave his team’s game against the Calgary Flames after a knee-on-knee hit by defenseman Mark Giordano.

The play happened a little over five minutes into the third period. Fowler came into the Flames’ zone and fired a shot on the Calgary net and shortly after he released the puck, Giordano slammed into Fowler.

“He came through the middle with a lot of speed and I was honestly coming across trying to make a hit on him and I got to watch the game, but I think our legs collided. I don’t know how bad, I just hope he’s OK,” Giordano said after the game, a 3-1 Ducks win. “You don’t like to see guys get hurt. There was no intent to hurt him there. I was just trying to come across in a 2-1 game to try to stop him from getting to our net, trying to make a hit and the result was, I don’t know if our legs collided or not, I think they did and I hope it’s nothing too serious.”

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Joe Thornton leaves game with possible leg injury (Video)

One of the worst things that could happen to the San Jose Sharks happened on Sunday night: Joe Thornton suffered a leg injury.

In the final minutes of the first period against the Vancouver Canucks, Thornton skates into the back of Michael Chaput while chasing down the puck.

Thornton’s knee appears to make contact with the side of Chaput’s leg.

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Michal Neuvirth released from hospital after in-game collapse

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth has been released from the hospital and is at home resting. Per the Flyers, all diagnostic tests came back normal. The netminder will be reevaluated on Monday afternoon.

During a stoppage in Saturday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Neuvirth appeared to crouch down. He suddenly fell backward, splayed on the ice.

Neuvirth was alert and talking as he was stretchered off.

According to Tim Panaccio of CSN, Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that Neuvirth had a ‘bad chest cold this week.’

If that factored into the episode on the ice, we don’t know. We’re just happy that Neuvirth is OK.

If any additional details come available, we’ll update them here.

Namestnikov, Johnson, Paquette injured against Wild (Video)

Right when the Tampa Bay Lightning start to gain some ground, the hockey gods smack them right back down to earth.

Jon Cooper opted to dress seven defensemen against the Minnesota Wild. On any given night, it’s usually not a problem if the team goes down a forward. How about a what would equate to a whole line of forwards? Yeah, that’s worrisome. Especially considering the players lost are all centers.

Yet somehow the Lightning managed to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 despite losing Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette in the process.

Let’s start with Namestnikov.

In the second period, he and Zach Parise get twisted together as they chase down a puck. When Parise falls, hie body weight drags down Namestnikov by the leg.

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Gibson day-to-day with lower-body injury; Ducks turn to Bernier, Enroth

The last thing the Anaheim Ducks need right now is John Gibson getting hurt.

That’s why the fan base had an aneurysm when Eric Stephens of the OC Register tweeted this out about two hours prior to game time:

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The Ducks later clarified with a press release: Gibson is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Jonathan Bernier will get the start at home against the Boston Bruins tonight. Jhonas Enroth was called up from the San Diego Gulls to back up.

This happens to be the second consecutive start for Bernier.

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