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Penguins coach: Letang’s symptoms “not dramatic”

Mar 2, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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Some optimistic news for Penguins fans worried that Kris Letang may be sidelined for another lengthy period with a concussion – today Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma called the defenseman’s symptoms “not dramatic.”

Bylsma said Letang will be evaluated by doctors when the team returns home after Saturday’s game in Denver.

Letang was hurt Wednesday in Dallas on a controversial hit by Eric Nystrom. The Stars forward received a minor penalty for roughing but was not punished further by the league.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    you can try to spin it how you want but its never a good to get 2 concussions back to back. doubt he will be back before the playoffs, if he even makes it back at all this year. sucks. pens were average to poor without him this year.

  2. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    His symptoms are “not dramatic” because the hit was not a direct headshot, unlike what Mike Milbury asserts. I imagine the concussion would be a lot worse had he actually been directly hit in the dome.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      you dont need to hit the head to get a concussion. its often the whiplash effect that causes it. concussions are caused by the brain moving in the skull, you dont have to hit the head to rattle the brain

  3. florida76 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Letang, like countless others before him, would have benefited by wearing a college-style mask on this type of play to reduce the force of the impact. Visors offer no protection on anything below the eyes.

    • eggserino - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Impact was to the chest/ shoulder. Concussion was as a result of whiplash.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Don’t lunge.

    • eggserino - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      You are totally right about this. I don’t care what the fingers indicate. I know I’ve not been paying close attention. Roenick was right about this one. Letang puts himself in a vulnerable position by trying to poke the puck around Nystrom with the intent of going around him to make a play. Nystrom is not going to get to the puck, he has to play the angle to contain Letang. As soon as Letang lunges forward, Nystrom has no choice but to accelerate into Letang. If Nystrom waits and doesn’t eliminate Letang, he either gets beat or has to take a penalty for interference/ holding/ hooking when Letang goes around him. He has to body check Letang because that’s the only way to eliminate him from the play.

      • eggserino - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Whoever gave this the thumbs down, do you even watch hockey? How about a comment, or do you not know how to type?

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