Thursday, April 27, 2006

Koivu's eye injury 'serious'

One commentator said today that Saku Koivu's injury is "as gruesome an eye injury as we've seen in the NHL."

That's a pretty alarming statement for anyone who remembers the Bryan Berard incident that resulted in him sustaining an inch-wide gash and losing almost total vision in his right eye.

The really tough thing about the whole play is that Koivu was wearing a visor, but Justin Williams's stick came from underneath (and did so with a ton of force). Koivu continues to remain in a Montreal hospital today, and doctors have said we won't know for a few days yet the full extent of the damage. Here's Sisu Hockey:
Ya know, people tend to mellow out with age. Now that I'm sprouting the odd grey hair, there are very few things that could cause me to regress into a fit of blind fanboy rage. Losing the captain to an unpunished high stick is one of them. In case you hadn't figured it out, the URL near the top of your screen is a tip o' the hat to the NHL's most inspirational player. It won't be easy, but with a little restraint, we'll keep things civil here today.
While Koivu is merely a part of the success the Canadiens have had since the Olympic break, he is this team's emotional leader and losing him could represent a turning point in a series that seemed all but over before last night's overtime winner by Erik Staal. Montreal is really going to have to make a push to take a 3-1 stranglehold with a win tomorrow.

Otherwise, if you believe in momentum, it'll all be going Carolina's way.


At 3:31 a.m., April 28, 2006, Anonymous Nicanor said...

Not a Habs fan here, but I could also see Montreal closing out Carolina. One of those 'win one for the gipper' type situations.


At 8:12 p.m., April 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally not a hab's fan. While it is a serious injury it could not come at a better time for anyone who hates the habs.

Here is hoping that they suffer from more bad luck and lose in 6

At 10:12 p.m., April 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an idea, instead of making this about your team, and who you want to win what series, why don't you make it about Saku. Don't you think this guy has gone through enough. Comes back from some serious cancer treatment, only to play a few years and then get hit in the eye so badly that he could possibly never play again? There's no karma here, I hope Carolina loses in Montreal.

At 11:55 p.m., April 29, 2006, Anonymous Kevin said...

Anonymous above is right. It's horrible that Koivu has to go thru this after what he's already gone through.

At 3:33 a.m., May 01, 2006, Anonymous Arleen said...

Best of luck to Saku. This man is a strong leader, and a real inspiration. He's skilled and plays well, and I really hope his recovery is speedy.
Go HABS Go, win some for Saku, who's watching you one eyed at home.
And get well soon Saku.


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