Lightning Get Struck Twice

Last night the Tampa Bay Lightning took a one game to none lead over the number one seed Washington Capitals.  However in that game two players for the Lightning were removed with head injuries.  The most publicized and dramatic of the injuries was Simon Gagne as seen in the video below;

Gagne has had a concussion history beginning in 2002, but was pretty clear until 2007 when with the Flyers he missed 26 games; only to miss another 44 the following year with more concussion issues.  After Gagne’s head bounced off the ice like a basketball and he was clearly unconscious it would be easy to assume he sustained yet another concussion.

As if losing one of their wingers was not enough, Pavel Kubina was taken to the boards by Jason Chimera in a hit that should be Continue reading

NHL Post Season Concussion Report #2

Throughout the year we have been chronicling concussions in the National Hockey League and now the sport is in the post season.  We will be noting any concussion we can find; that are both ACTUALLY listed and suspected.

There seemed to be a slow down on concussion is the playoffs over the past week.  That was not without trying from players, as Raffi Torres was just one amongst a lot of players that “laid the wood” this past week.  Now I must say that like Gary Bettman, I love the big hit, but I love the CLEAN big hit.  I am not, nor will I ever be a fan of a hit that deliberately targets the head, or is so vicious/blind sided that it causes a head injury.

A prime example is the picture above (via Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports) that Greg Wyshynski wrote about; Continue reading

NHL Post Season Concussion Report #1

Throughout the year we have been chronicling concussions in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and now both sports are in the post season.  Obviously there have been more concussions in the NHL than the NBA but this time of year will lend itself to more “exposure” to the injuries sustained on the court or ice.  We will be noting those injuries that are both ACTUALLY listed and suspected.

The NHL on the other hand had 98 incidences of concussions or “concussion like symptoms”, so the chances of seeing these in the playoffs are pretty good.  In fact, based on the league stats we can expect to see one every game night (between all those playing).  However with the M.O. of the NHL finding all the concussions will be difficult; case-in-point Shaone Morrisonn of the Buffalo Sabres, I give you Exhibit 1;

The Sabres called up Persson from Portland on an emergency basis because Shaone Morrisonn has an upper-body injury. The Sabres are saying he is day to day but the injury is believed to be concussion-related after Morrisonn was crunched by Braydon Coburn during the third period of Game One.

Morrisonn was listed back in December with a concussion, this would be his second. Continue reading