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St. Louis takes puck to eye in practice, out tonight vs. Rangers

Dec 8, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT


Tampa Bay Lightning winger Martin St. Louis‘ streak of 499 consecutive games will be snapped after suffering an eye injury in today’s pregame skate.

Preparing for this evening’s contest against the Rangers, St. Louis was circling behind the net during a drill when teammate Dominic Moore hit him in the face with a backhanded shot. Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports St. Louis left the ice bleeding (and “a little wobbly”) and proceeded to the NYU Medical Center for evaluation on his swollen eye.

Moments later, Paul Kennedy of Sun Sports confirmed St. Louis would be held out of tonight’s game. “Bad things happen at the worst time,” Lighting GM Steve Yzerman said.

It’s a brutal break for St. Louis. While he told Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times he didn’t know, think or want to talk about the streak, it was a hot topic around the team yesterday. St. Louis’ impressive run began on Nov. 15, 2005 and including playoffs, was at 528 games. Since missing 26 games in 2001-02 because of a broken leg, St. Louis, including playoffs, has played 749 of 751 games.

“I’m mind-boggled,” coach Guy Boucher said. “Take his minutes, take his size, take his age, it’s absolutely unreal.”

“He is,” teammate Victor Hedman said, “one of those warriors.”

  1. lsxphotog - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Wow…that just sucks. He’s a great player and that’s a record he will never be able to break now.

  2. hibackhand - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Congrats on your first day off in 7 years, Martin..!

  3. bcjim - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    must have been a low shot :-0

    Buy a visor is my advice.

    • lsxphotog - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      Took a slap shot to my visor on Tuesday night. I will never play without it.

  4. sunking1 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    That sucks. The Bolts are already playing like crap and now Marty has to sit. Let’s hope it is not for long term.
    I’ll never understand why guys don’t wear visors. I get that if feels “different” when you first wear it but if you can get past the first month, it really shouldn’t be much of an issue.
    Your vision has to last a lifetime. They don’t transplant eyes.

  5. boltsfan777 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I like my teeth and have too much invested in them, and I wouldn’t go on the ice without a full cage, but I only play recreationally. For a player to consider wearing a full cage in the NHL today would be like wearing ANY helmet in the NHL in the ’70s and before. I don’t know if it’s considered not manly enough, or the visibility is too restrictive, or what. It is a little harder to yell on the ice with both a mouthguard and the chin strap that’s attached to the cage.

    • hystoracle - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      What’s interesting is the guys in College have to wear a full face mask and many wear a cage.. It is surprising how many shed it once they get to the NHL.. Seems like if you just continue wearing it it would be part of your equipment.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        That’s the thing – there’s really only a few players now who grew up WITHOUT them. The NHL is fairly pronouncedly behind most amateur leagues in safety in some ways, and their defense has always been that the players wouldn’t be comfortable, wouldn’t adjust, that it would interfere with play, et cetera. I’m not sure how they figure that argument holds up in an age where to even get to the NHL every player under thirty’s been in three or more leagues where they’re MANDATORY, but then, Gary Bettman doesn’t like it when the fans actually stop and think about the things he says.

  6. haterzgonahate - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    the hell with the ironman streak lets just hope his eye is ok!

    and do we really need to start the great visor debate again?

    /kicks dead horse

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