It's never a pretty sight. Seeing any player, let alone a star, go down during a game.
The Stars have been lucky so far this season with injuries. There was the injury to Kari Lehtonen that kept him out for a 1-4-0 run by the Stars, but beyond that Dallas has lost all of zero man games to injury. Now, that's obviously not something that can last, as this is hockey after all. Guys are paid to brutalize one another, and so of course some of them are gonna get hurt. Which is why during the progression of a season, the daily injury report plays a crucial role. An NHL season is a long grind, and as team's invariably lose players it is the organizations that have the depth to fill in for those absences that succeed in the long run. But there are some players whose loss would take far more than a few replacement-level players to fill in for.
One of those players is Steven Stamkos. The Tampa Bay Lightning had been off to an impressive start - by Eastern Conference standards anyway - this season, but the loss of Stamkos will be a big blow to the club. Stamkos was leading the league in scoring, well, tied with Sidney Crosby anyway, and was on pace for a record number of goals over the season. A broken tibia has changed all that, and it's unlikely we'll see Stamkos on the ice before the Winter Olympics - that date being set by Team Canada as the wholly unrealistic goal for his return.
I shudder to even think where the Stars would be if one of their leading scorers went down. But it's a part of this sport we all love. It's a part of all sports. That random lottery of injury and the adversity it brings. It's the price an elite athlete pays.
Yesterday wasn't Steven Stamkos' day. All the best to him though in his recovery, and good luck Tampa Bay. You'll need it.
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So the Stars are still searching for the perfect formula. The defense has stayed consistent since the splitting of Sergei Gonchar and Alex Goligoski, but the forwards have been mixed and matched. A little bit, here and there. Yesterday's practice though saw rather a larger revision... [Sports Day DFW] [Stars Inside Edge]
Some good thoughts on the Stars' recent performance, and how the stats back up what we've been seeing on the ice. [Rant Sports]
Just in case you're reading this at work, this next link is a video. You've been warned. On Lindy Ruff and his return to Buffalo last week. [Stars TV]
I like this article. Maybe just because I've been a follower of the Stars from such diverse places as England, India, and Hong Kong, so I identify. But nice to know I'm not the only one. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Last night was the inductions for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Which means induction speeches! [Kukla's Korner]
And lastly, something I've always thought that women's collegiate hockey needed more of was fighting. I'm sure everybody has thought that before. Right? Well no need to think it anymore. You know it's an impressive brawl when it results in eighteen suspensions. So many indeed, that in the follow up game, both teams were only able to dress two forward lines and two defense pairings. Woops. [Puck Daddy]