That game last night really could have used some Patrik Nemeth, eh? A large, steady defender who could turn the puck back out of the zone is just what games against teams like the Kings call for.
But of course, the Stars didn't have Nemeth, although Gonchar did make his return. However, there is just the tiniest bit of hope that Dallas may see him again this season as he recovers from his ghastly skate-cut to the wrist. He spoke to a wonderful Swedish website with lots of umlauts, and there are some details there that at least show that things didn't go as badly as they could have.
When the Philadelphia Flyers' R.J. Umberger's skate hit Nemeth's wrist, at first he didn't think anything was wrong, comparing it to a slap on the arm. Only when Nemeth looked down and saw that he was bleeding did he head back to the bench, and when he got there, the Dallas Stars' trainers went to work.
Here's Nemeth, courtesy of Google Translate and HockeySverige.se:
"First, it was very stressful because they do not know how much it was bleeding. When they looked at the wound did they not think I would see it when they realized how big and deep it was.
The doctors were very concentrated, you could say. Normally, they usually say that it is quiet and no danger, but now it was noticed that there was little serious."
Concretely, what damage did you get in your wrist?
"The tendons to all five fingers are. I do not remember how many muscles that were off, but it was very many, anyway. In addition, the wound was down to bone, so one can say it was deep.
I even got a little damage to the median nerve, but there should not be any danger now. The damage still feels in the fingers, but it's quiet and you said it would be no but it. There I had a very lucky that the skate does not cut off the nerve or pulled off a big vein.
I hope to be back in March." [HockeySverige.se]
While March is about five months later than the Stars really would have liked to see #37 back on the ice, there's no question that this is relatively good news for Nemeth. From what else I could divine in that article, Nemeth actually lost feeling in his hand for a little while after the cut, and he's still unable to tie his shoes. If he can heal up and head back to Dallas by the end of the season, that would be fabulous.
Hope to see you soon, Nemeth. You are missed.
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