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Al Montoya, Mike Smith headline injury list

Dec 21, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

Tuesday night included some entertaining games, but that came at the cost of several unnerving injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy ones.

  • The most controversial moment might be a collision that injured New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya. Evander Kane crashed into the Isles netminder, who didn’t return. We’ll see if this opens the door wide enough for Evgeni Nabokov to lay claim to the No. 1 job, but does Kane deserve a suspension or fine in a time of Ryan Miller fears?

This highlight package includes that collision.

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The Score has this isolated video, if you want to give it the Zapruder treatment:

  1. bcisleman - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Kane’s claim that he was pushed into Montoya is laughable. He was going to run over Montoya regardless of what Jurcina did. If, as Arthur Staple of Newsday reported, Kane also whacked Montoya in the head with his stick, he deserves a suspension as well as a penalty.

    • cshearing - Dec 21, 2011 at 7:52 AM

      I disagree. Maybe he could have done a little more to avoid Montoya, but he was definitely tripped; watch that stick around his feet before he goes airborne. He may well get a game considering the current climate in the league, that I could live with, but anything more is silly IMO.

      • bcisleman - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

        Sorry, but even Kane did not claim he was tripped…rather that he was pushed into Montoya. The stick is waist high. He ran Montoya and deserved a penalty. If he also whacked him in the head with his stick, he deserves a suspension.

  2. cmutimmah - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    No suspension. That is a hockey play. The Ryan Miller hit was totally different.

    • bcisleman - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Since when is it a “hockey play”to run a goalie or whack him in the head with a stick?

  3. botlecap - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    it looks like kane set his edges and was about to head right across the crease when he is basically checked into montoya by jurcina. i don’t think you can hold kane responsible for the collision since he had absolutely no time to react. the defender gets there too late to make any kind of play and winds up hitting kane from the back.

    • bcisleman - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      It looked to me, and to the on ice officials, as if Kane ran right at Montoya and made no effort to avoid him.

      • botlecap - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        you can pause the video at the moment of contact (~15 seconds in) and see his skates are aimed cross ice, not at the goalie. as for the officials, a bad call is usually only evidence of a bad call.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      Even by some chance that is the case, you are still responsible for your stick, which went straight into Montoya’s face.

      • botlecap - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        the video player cannot even click off a second between the moment the defender checks kane and the moment kane hits montoya. kane’s stick isn’t in some kind of crazy position before or after the hit so i’d say he did a pretty good job controlling his stick. the problem is he had very little control over which direction or towards who he was being checked.

        to expect him to be able to drop his stick or raise his arms above montoya in that amount of time is pretty unreasonable. montoya doesn’t have time to react to the fact that kane is suddenly coming right into him – why expect that of kane?

  4. sippindasyzurp - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I find it odd if Kane supposedly ran the goalie how none of the New York Islander players came to the goalie’s defense in this case, Jurcina just stood there and did nothing because he knewhe pushed him towards Montoya or else Kane would have cut right across the crease and stuffed it in the back of the net… Hence the referee only giving 2 minutes for goalie interference on that play, why wouldn’t he give him the major if Montoya was hurt?

    If Montoya is not hurt then this is a no call, I will GUARANTEE NO SUSPENSION for this act.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      Guarantee by some schmo commenting on the internet means about as much as my criticism of it. Which is worth nothing.

      • sippindasyzurp - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        I guess everyone can call someone a name while hiding behind the computer screen.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    I’m glad you pointed out that your criticism also means nothing, because it does. We’ll see what Shanny has to say but I have a hard time believing he will suspend Kane when only a minor goalie interference call was made & Jurcina all but admitted his role in this by refusing to defend his goalie after the play. Anyone who has ever played hockey treats their goalie like their girlfriend – you mess with her, you mess with everyone on the team

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