|Antoine Volchenkov after a
run-in with a Malkin slapshot
Whether you've been a lifelong hockey fan throughout the years or a more recent fan in the post-lockout league, you've no doubt heard eternal references to players taking on the position of "warriors" on the ice. Guys like Gary Roberts refused a stretcher when he suffered a broken leg back in December, opting to hobble off with the help of teammates rather than that of the medical staff.
Antoine Volchenkov opted for a cage after taking a Malkin slapshot to the face in Round One. Braydon Coburn took a solid shot from Hal Gill to the face and received 50 stitches over the eye for his efforts. And while I don't really like to give a guy like Sean Avery credit, the guy did play through an entire game with a bruised spleen (which is both brave and stupid at the same time).
So when I saw I couldn't help but laugh. Yes, I understand it's a broken nail on his throwing hand, and yes - I understand that makes control an issue; but for the headline to read "15 Day DL for Broken Nail", you really get a better definition of what a warrior is and, well, what a baseball player isn't.
It's almost as good as when Kerry Wood was a starter for the Chicago Cubs and missed a spot in the rotation because he cut his index finger on a can of soda. That was easily 8-10 years ago if my memory serves me correctly, but just another way of separating hockey players from any other athletes out there.
Now for an update on the playoff stats:
(*) denotes a game scratch