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Milan Michalek takes goals lead, promptly gets injured

Dec 13, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

Paul Szczechura, Milan Michalek, Erik Karlsson AP

Tonight was supposed to present a great moment for Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek. The slick winger passed Phil Kessel for the goal-scoring lead with 19 only to suffer an upper-body injury in the same game.

Worse yet, that upper-body injury very well might be (you guessed it): a concussion.

It’s believed that Michalek suffered whatever-the-injury-is during a collision with his super-talented teammate Erik Karlsson. If the theme of the last couple weeks isn’t concussions, then it might be teammate-on-teammate crimes. Let’s look at the list of guys who were accidentally injured by their own pals:

  • Michalek (via Karlsson).
  • Claude Giroux took a knee to the head from Wayne Simmonds, who couldn’t manage to completely hurdle his fellow Flyer.
  • This one might only get partial credit, but it’s likely you’ve seen Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz knock each other over in slow-motion a couple times already.

So, to review: if you’re a high-end scorer, it’s not good enough to avoid players wearing other jerseys. Guys in your own uniform can do just as much damage.

  1. danphipps01 - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    At this rate, Ovi’s gonna end up the leading goal-scorer again, simply by virtue of all the guys playing better than him getting concussed in a slew of freak collisions.

  2. pdmjr - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:27 AM


    His brother in Pittsburgh has a concussion as well.

    What the hell is going on out there

  3. jrmehle - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    You guys left out Nick Shultz’s head shot on Josh Harding.

  4. govtminion - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Hmmm… taking the lead in the scoring race seems to be a dangerous thing to do this year. Maybe the Flyers had it right against Tampa- if we don’t move the puck, we won’t score, and so we won’t get hurt? Should have listened better, Giroux…

    (Seriously, this is one of the weirdest years for injuries I’ve ever seen, and we’re only a third of the way in!)

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