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Adam Larsson took a stick in a very uncomfortable place

Oct 10, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

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Devils rookie Adam Larsson is finding out the hard way that life in the NHL is a little different than playing in the Swedish Elite League. Case in point, during the second period of the Devils’ 4-2 win over Carolina, Larsson was doubled over in pain after a run-in with Carolina captain Eric Staal.

The hit wasn’t a bodycheck or a shoulder to the head or even an elbow in the teeth. Instead, Larsson was hit in a very uncomfortable place by Staal and, no, we’re not talking about the back of a Volkswagen. NHL.com’s Dave Lozo tweeted Larsson’s report on why he looked injured in the second period:

“”I got a stick in the balls…it hurt.”

Yup, that’ll do it all right. Hang on, there’s got to be a bag of sympathy ice around here someplace.

  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I remember a couple of years ago Patrick Thoreson got hit in the crotch with a shot and lost a nut. I watched it when it happened and you could tell right away it could be something serious. And remember when Ed Belfour played for the Stars and kept slashing the Red Wings in the cherries during a playoff series?

  2. selldannysell - Oct 11, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I remember the story of Al MacInnes taking out a goaltender during practice with one of his patented slapshots. The blast smashed the goalie’s cup and ruptured both of his testicles.

    • jerseydevi1 - Oct 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Seriously, a guy ruptures both of his nuts and someone gave it a thumbs up? What are you, a sadist?

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