Archive

Archive for October, 2010

Oct
28

Just two days after Matt Beleskey was said to be “fine” following a hit by Dallas Stars forward Stephane Robidas, the Anaheim Ducks announced today that Beleskey has been diagnosed with a concussion and placed on injured reserve. Beleskey suffered the injury during the Ducks’ Tuesday night 5-2 win over the Stars when late in the third period, Robidas checked the young forward head first into the boards. Beleskey lay motionless on the ice for a few minutes while being attended to and looked somewhat bewildered as teammates Teemu Selanne and Danny Syvret helped him to the bench.

Robidas was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. As dictated by NHL rules, he also received an automatic one-game suspension because this was his second five-minute major for boarding within 41 games.

, , ,

Oct
28

Dallas Stars forward Stephane Robidas received an automatic suspension for driving Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey head first into the boards during a game on Tuesday night. The infraction is his second game misconduct boarding penalty within 41 games. NHL rules dictate that game misconducts that close together warrant an automatic suspension. Robidas will miss the Stars’ next home game Thursday night against the LA Kings.

, , , , ,

Oct
28

During a game against the Dallas Stars on Monday, the Finnish Flash, Teemu Selanne, passed Bobby Hull on the list of NHL all-time goal scorers when he netted goal 611 of his 18-year career. Selanne, who turned 40-years-old on July 3, has been moving up the list of hockey greats and is now No. 15 on the prestigious list. Recently retired Joe Sakic is No. 14 with 625 career goals to his credit. It’s possible that Selanne could have tied or surpassed Sakic by now had the Anaheim Ducks forward not been sidelined last season by two freak accidents: first a broken hand and then a broken jaw – both the result of errant pucks. The ageless wonder doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. If he can stay healthy, perhaps he might be No. 14 or even No. 13 by the end of this season, which may be his last. Then again, he contemplates retirement every year.

, , ,

Oct
28

The Anaheim Ducks have been besieged of late with one injury after another. First, defenseman Andy Sutton suffered a broken thumb during the team’s season opener against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 8. Then, on Oct. 17 rookie defenseman Cam Fowler was driven head first into the boards by Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes. During the same game, Doan delivered a blind side head shot to Ducks rookie forward Dan Sexton for which Doan was handed a three-game suspension. Sexton was uninjured by the hit. However, during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 23, Sexton’s nose was broken when he took an errant puck to the face off the stick of former Duck Ruslan Solei. After immediately leaving the ice, Sexton did not return to the game and flew home Saturday to have tests done.

Most recently, forward Matt Beleskey was driven head first into the boards Monday night by Stephane Robias of the Dallas Stars. Beleskey lay prone on the ice as he was attended to by the Ducks’ trainer and after being helped from the ice by teammates, he did not return to the game. Beleskey was later tested and cleared to play in the team’s next game.

With three injuries occurring during the first month of the season, the Ducks brought in reinforcements. The team signed defenseman Andreas Lilja who was released a few days earlier from a tryout contract with the San Jose Sharks. Danny Syvret was recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch to also help on the blue line. Likewise, forward Aaron Voros has been inserted into the lineup in Sexton’s absence.

While Sutton remains out indefinitely, Fowler is listed as day-to-day. He has been skating with the team and may return to the lineup within the next few games. Sexton, however, is a difference story. The break to his nose was not as simple as that of Fowler, and he will have surgery to repair it on Thursday. He’s expected to be out for at least two weeks.

, , , , , ,

Oct
20

On Wednesday, the NHL announced that forward Rick Rypien of the Vancouver Canucks has been suspended pending a formal hearing on an altercation which Rypien had with a fan during last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. The incident followed a brawl between Rypien and the Wild’s Brad Staubitz late in the second period.

Rypien was leaving the bench to head to the locker room and as he entered the tunnel, a Minnesota Wild fan standing at the railing clapped and apparently taunted him. Rypien took exception and grabbed at the fan who was led away by security.

While brawling with other players is a part of hockey, brawling with fans is not. There is no word on how long Rypien will be suspended, but the announcement will be made following the hearing. The Minnesota Wild went on to win the game 6-2.

, , , , ,