You heard it on Rink Side Rants – and I have talked about it here. The Florida Panthers are a very frustrated hockey team, that frustration boiled over into a senseless injury tonight for goaltender Vokoun.
After letting in a goal, Vokoun was struck in the side of the head with Keith Ballards stick, as a frustrated Ballard attempted to accost the goalpost in disgust of the play.
This is another major injury for Florida that they will have to deal with, as it is not that far of a distant memory that Panther fans awaited word on Richard Zednik. While Vokoun’s injury is no where near as life threatening, the injury was very avoidable.
Probably more of an impact injury is the knee injury to Alex Ovechkin. Given a five minute penalty and a game misconduct, what could be more interesting is how long he will be out after going knee to knee with Carolina’a Tim Gleason. The really scary part, this is not the first time Ovechkin has gone knee to knee with a player. I like the edge of Ovechkin’s game, but if he is targetting other guys, I’d rather see him play in the KHL.