Some injuries more obvious than others in NHL playoffs

Jeff Petry’s bloodshot eyes terrified his 3 young kids till they pretended he was the bad guy and they were the superheroes. Then they were OKAY playing with father.

Petry went back to the ice for the Montreal Canadiens in a Video game 2 win in Las Vegas regardless of damaged capillary under his corneas and an injury to his right-hand man. Playing through discomfort belongs to the NHL playoffs and couple of gamers are totally healthy this time of year, though some injuries are more apparent than others.

Petry and colleague Shea Weber make no bones about gutting through hand conditions to remain on the ice.

“There’s guys on our team, other teams that are dealing with injuries, and this is the time of year it’s important to get out there and play through it if you’re able,” Petry stated Thursday. “It’s undoubtedly the greatest time of the year, so I wished to do whatever in my power to return and to return as rapidly as I could.”

Keeping injuries trick is likewise an NHL custom, so the Golden Knights will state just that leading center Chandler Stephenson is daily with an “upper-body” injury as Vegas showed up for 2 video games in Montreal. Previously this postseason, the Boston Bruins let it be understood goaltender Tuukka Rask was playing hurt for 2 rounds prior to exposing he requires hip surgical treatment that will cost him part of next season.

There’s no rejecting what’s going on with Weber and Petry. Weber missed out on the last 8 video games of the routine season with a left hand injury. He hasn’t yet imitated the sport’s past by taping his adhere to his gloves, however the Montreal captain hasn’t missed out on a video game in the playoffs and is connected for the group lead in ice time, balancing over 25 minutes a video game at age 35.

“He’s a guy that’s battled through injuries the last couple years, and to see the competitiveness and his wanting to be on the ice (is contagious),” Petry said.

There was some uncertainty with Petry. He got fingers stuck in one of the photography holes in the glass in Game 3 of the last round against Winnipeg, missed the rest of that series and the start of this one. He said the eye issue also stemmed from the incident.

Petry knew Wednesday morning he was playing against Vegas but didn’t take rushes during warmup that would indicate he’s in, and the Canadiens’ Twitter account sent out a lineup that didn’t include him. Coach Dominique Ducharme insisted it wasn’t gamesmanship but rather taking extra precautions.

“We needed to talk to the doctors — we needed to have the green light and after the morning skate they wanted to make sure everything was fine after warmup,” Ducharme stated.

Like Stephenson, some injuries are too extreme to play through. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos missed out on all however one video game of the Lightning’s 2020 champion run with a core muscle injury, and the New York City Islanders have actually lacked forward Oliver Wahlstrom because the preliminary since of a concealed injury.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz stated Jean-Gabriel Pageau was great after not playing the last 13 minutes of Video game 2 versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Lightning coach Jon Cooper stated center Anthony Cirelli was great after obviously being hurt in a scrum after the last horn of that video game.

Great in some cases needs to suffice at this phase of the playoffs. Montreal’s Jon Merrill, who returned Wednesday after missing out on the previous 7 video games with injury, seems like seeing colleagues playing through discomfort can bond gamers on this journey.

“At this time of year everybody is compromising their bodies,” Merrill said. “And it definitely creates an intensity and a will to want to do whatever it takes to win.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.