Ducks announce Getzlaf has hernia, Thompson to undergo surgery

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Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf faces off against Flames center Matt Stajan during Game 2 of Anaheim's second-round playoff series against Calgary. (Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that captain Ryan Getzlaf and center Nate Thompson were battling through injuries this post-season.

Thompson, who is fighting a shoulder injury, will be required to go under the knife to repair the ailment, while Getzlaf, who is suffering from a sports hernia, will be able to rehab his injury without surgery. Thompson’s surgery will take place Thursday and, at this time, there’s no timeline regarding whether or not he’ll be available for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Read more

Mats Zuccarello to play in Norwegian charity game following skull fracture

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Mats Zuccarello (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Following the first round of the post-season and what was a suspected concussion, New York Rangers right winger Mats Zuccarello didn’t play much in the post-season. When the Blueshirts’ season was ended in the Eastern Conference final, it was revealed Zuccarello’s injury was much more serious: a fractured skull and brain contusion that left him unable to speak, move his arm and put him in hospital for a few days.

“I don’t know what you guys know, but there was a small fracture in my head. I lost my talking and some feeling in my arm and stuff. I was in the hospital for three days,” Zuccarello said of the injury according to the New York Daily News. “I couldn’t talk for a while. I had a contusion, some blood in my brain. That affects a lot. I went to speech therapy. I’m getting much better. I couldn’t say a word for four days… I feel much better and I’m getting better and better.”

The Norwegian hockey star is about to get back on the ice, though, in what will be his first game action since suffering the gruesome injury. According to Norway’s TV2.no, Zuccarello will suit up and skate in a charity game on June 19. The contest will be the first time Zuccarello has seen the ice in a game environment since the injury, which occurred more than a month ago in a first-round tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more

Hawks’ Bickell, van Riemsdyk expected to play Game 3; will Bolts play Drouin?

Jonathan Drouin (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday could feature some relatively new faces at both ends of the rink: the host Chicago Blackhawks are expected to play defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and left winger Bryan Bickell for the first time in the series, while Tampa Bay rookie Jonathan Drouin may remain in the lineup for the second straight game despite still suffering some growth pains at the most intense level of hockey there is. Read more

Will Lightning be forced to go from a (Ben) Bishop to a rook(ie)?

Andrei Vasilevskiy (left) and Braydon Coburn  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

TAMPA – Going into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup, all the chatter about the untested rookies surrounded Teuvo Teravainen and Jonathan Drouin. After a stunning turn of events, that narrative may shift directly to Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

The 20-year-old is clearly Tampa’s goaltender of the future. But, depending upon the status of starter Ben Bishop for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night, that future might come upon us a lot sooner than anyone thought. The cone of silence surrounding injuries in the playoffs was quickly enforced by the Lightning after the game, but it sure looks as though Bishop is dealing with a groin issue.

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Penguins’ Dupuis blood clot free, but future remains uncertain

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Pascal Dupuis

More than seven months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung, it’s still not a sure thing that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will be able to return to the NHL.

Dupuis, 36, was diagnosed with the blood clot in his lung in November. At that time, the Penguins, along with the team’s medical staff, held a press conference to announce that Dupuis would be out for up to six months, but it’s now looking like it could be even longer, as GM Jim Rutherford was uncertain about Dupuis’ future when speaking with media this week.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Jason Mackey, Rutherford announced that while Dupuis is clot free, “there are other things from a medical point of view that have to be looked at.” Read more

Rangers announce Girardi, Staal, McDonagh all fought injuries in post-season

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Ryan McDonagh (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

For the final three games of the post-season, the New York Rangers defense corps was a battered and bruised bunch.

News came Monday that each of Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh were suffering through different injuries that had them hobbled in the latter stages of the post-season. While you won’t find anyone in the Rangers dressing room using the injuries as an excuse, it’s difficult for a club to win when half of the club’s defensemen are fighting through ailments.

According to the Rangers, Girardi suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final, Staal had been dealing with a hairline fracture in his ankle since the regular season, and McDonagh was attempting to play through a fracture in his right foot suffered in Game 4. Read more

Mats Zuccarello had brain contusion, lost ability to talk, move arm following slapshot to the head

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Mats Zuccarello (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

In the fifth and deciding game of the New York Rangers first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mats Zuccarello took a Ryan McDonagh slapshot to the head and immediately left the ice. The injury held Zuccarello out of the remainder of the post-season, and Monday he revealed why: he suffered a brain contusion.

If the injury doesn’t sound frightening enough – a brain contusion is a bruising of the brain tissue and considered more severe than a concussion – Zuccarello added that following the injury he lost the ability to speak for a few days and was unable to move one of his arms. The shot also fractured his skull and left him hospitalized for three days. Read more

Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang back training after concussion

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Kris Letang (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Over the course of his career, Kris Letang has had more than his fair share of ailments. And, after a huge check from Shane Doan sidelined Letang with his third documented concussion in the past five seasons, it seemed as if it was going to take a long while for him to get back to full health.

Thankfully, however, news came yesterday from TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that Letang isn’t just ready to begin training again, but that he can start doing so, “with intensity.” That’s good news for the Penguins and even better news for Letang. Read more