Lightning's Boyle Hurt in Freak Accident
Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle will have surgery today to repair a tendon in his left wrist, which was sliced when he was hanging up his skates following the Lightning's 2-1 loss to the Caps last night. It's been described as a freak accident, but I saw virtually the same thing happen last season.
Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.
He'll have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.
The same thing happened in the Capitals' dressing room about a year ago. I was interviewing Dainius Zubrus, who was sitting in his locker at Verizon Center following a morning skate. His equipment and skates were hanging up to dry. Someone knocked one of his skates off its hook and it landed on his arm, opening up a cut that started bleeding really badly. (I wasn't the someone.)
Still, I was thinking, "Great, I'm going to get blamed, then banned from the dressing room and Zubie is never going to talk to me again."
Well, none of that happened. Zubrus needed five or six stitches and had to wear a pretty big bandage for the game that night. But it could have been much worse.
Note:If you listened to the radio broadcast of last night's game, you heard that defenseman Mike Green went down hard after crashing into the boards in the second period. I'm told he's fine.
Also, the Caps are off today. They'll return to the ice tomorrow at 10:30.
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