Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Sabres win but lose Tallinder

Tuesday night's win over the Flyers was a big one for the Sabres, who are right on the edge of the playoff race, but it also unfortunately involved the loss of key cog:
The victory came with a price. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder was hit from behind into the boards by Scottie Upshall with 3.4 seconds to go in the first period. The defenseman's shielded face crashed into the boards, and he immediately went to the ice. He lay face down, motionless before being attended to by athletic trainer Tim Macre.

The defenseman, who was helped off the ice by Jason Pominville and Derek Roy, looked dazed. He closed his eyes and stumbled backward while heading to the dressing room.
I've talked about Tallinder's value before, and it applies even moreso now that Buffalo's without Brian Campbell.

Injuries like this could be what decides the playoff race.



At 2:06 a.m., March 05, 2008, Blogger twoeightnine said...

You forgot to mention the Flyers fans booing as Hank hobbled off the ice.

At 2:37 a.m., March 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God Nick Lidstrom didn't get concussion after Laperierre's hit. I have never seen a player lose his balance for knee injury like Lidstrom did.

Hank Tallinder looked dazed but he had better balance than his countryman.

Lidstrom's knee has been ok for a while now. We'll see when his melon is ok.

At 3:31 a.m., March 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given what the pathologist's report taught us about Chris Benoit's Swiss Cheese Brain, when will workplace safety advocates step up to protect hockey players, even as the NHLPA stands meekly by while its members are severaly injured in the short term and perhaps irreparably damaged in the long term?

At 9:09 a.m., March 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it any surprise that it was a Flyers player involved in a dirty hit from behind. When is the NHL going to hold this club accountable!?

At 9:43 a.m., March 05, 2008, Blogger dave in Rocha said...

Cheering when the opposing guy gets hurt + booing when he his helped off the ice = bunch of fuckers.

At 10:41 a.m., March 05, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

The Flyers and their fans are the least classy organization in all of sports.

I'm completely unsurprised that someone on the Flyers injured someone with a dirty hit and that Philly fans booed an injured player.

At 8:42 p.m., March 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry me a river

At 4:44 p.m., March 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me start out by saying I'm a Flyers fan. It embarrasses me when fans boo a player in Tallinder's situation-- in my opinion, it's comparable to booing a national anthem in terms of the huge level of disrespect involved, and I would never, ever do it.

But the Buffalo fan's complaining is just ridiculous. The hit was clean in every way, it warranted no penalty and it received no suspension. It's unfortunate to lose a key player like Hank when you're trying to make a push for the playoffs, but don't make the hit out to be something it wasn't.

Secondly, there's quite a size differential between the two. 3 inches and 25 pounds to be exact, so I give Scottie credit for a good solid check. I don't condone goonery by any means, but I don't want this turn into the no hit league.


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