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Zach Parise hopes his hand isn’t broken

Mar 4, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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Zach Parise doesn’t think he broke his hand while blocking a shot during Sunday’s game. At least, he hopes he didn’t. All the same, Parise would be justified if he was concerned when he discovered after Sunday’s 1-0 loss that he couldn’t use his hand.

Parise hasn’t gotten X-rays yet, so for now we can only guess at the extent of the damage. It’s fair to say that any significant injury at this stage of the season would be especially devastating for New Jersey. The Devils are still in the running for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, but they could realistically slip all the way down to seventh or perhaps even lower if they struggle in March. Parise got off to a slow start this season, but he’s now the team’s leading goal scorer.

Washington’s Brooks Laich’s stick struck Parise in the face during Friday’s contest, but fortunately that incident did not result in a major injury. We’ll see if his luck holds.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I do not like to see any player get injured, no matter what uniform he wears. In ZP’s case, it was something innocent. The injuries to Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau were not. They were the result of cheap shots by the Devils that were not called.

    The Isles and Devils don’t play again until Thursday, but then they play two games in three days. They play one last time on April 3rd assuming that the Islanders do not make the post-season.

    The infamous 2/11/11 “brawlgame” didnt happen in a vacuum. Other teams were regularly cheap shotting Islander players and often not getting called. Supplemental discipline was weak or non-existent.

    The NHL, especially Brendan Shanahan, needs to take a careful look at the chippy play in today’s game. It needs to warn both teams and make sure the on ice officials understand that these games will be closely watched and that fines and suspensions will be the order of the day if players are out of line.

    There was much hypocrisy last February as well as last August when the Isles were discouraged from replaying the “brawlgame”. The NHL and the media dumped on the Isles when, in reality, it was the total abdication of responsibility by Shanahan’s predecessor that was the cause.

    We will soon know just how sincere Brendan Shanahan is about changing the culture of the NHL.

    • brycewest - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Islanders Kool Aid must be AMAZING!!! The “brawlgame” which you are referring to was an absolute disgrace; the saddest time in the NHL since the Flyer’s mid70’s debacle. And the ISLANDER’S started that brawl. Glass Joe Dipietro cheapshot’ed Matt Cooke (ironic) and fights ensued. Dipietro then decided to pick a fight with Brent Johnson and got his ass handed to him. Plain and simple. The “brawlgame” was a bunch of AHL neandrathals settling a score that the Islander’s skill players could not. Gillies? Really? Hailey? Really?

      When you…the Islanders…establish a reputation of gritty, physical play on three lines and one skill line, do NOT expect that other teams are going to respect your skill line. You choose the music; don’t complain when people dance.

      • bcisleman - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        You are the one gulping down the Kool Aid. RDP took a shot at Cooke because Cooke ran him 3X in an earlier game. And he then responded to Johnson calling him out.

        The Isles went after the Pens because the Pens repetedly cheap shotted them over the years. The Pens are the dirtiest team in hockey and got what they deserved on 2/11. And, in case you missed it, they goy their butts handed to them on the scoreboard that day as well.

        2/11 served notice. You go after our skill players, you will pay a price.

      • cmutimmah - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        The Islanders are a sideshow. They are the Charleston Cheifs and proved it by putting guys like Gilles in an NHL uniform.

        Your famous Brawl game really didn’t hit the radar of the hockey community because the Isles routinely miss the playoffs. IF the Isles ever build a rep that matters and maybe we’ll take your comments on them seriously, but for right now, with ZP becoming a free agent in a couple months, this is a bigger story.

  2. spizzjr - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Um I think you meant Haley* and he had a pretty nifty hat trick the other night

    • brycewest - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      in the AHL

  3. brycewest - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    WOW!!! So, bcisleman, the Islanders are a dignified and clean-playing hockey team, who is wrongfully bullied by all of these “low brow” teams like the Penguins and Devils…is that your stance? Bwahahaha!!! What a homer! The Isles were the MOST penalized team in the league last year (18.5 PIM/G). And you’re trying to sell me on Glass Joe Dipietro…defending himself from Matt Cooke and his actions in previous games/years past…by picking a fight with less than 5 minutes left in the 3rd period, down 3-0? How about a counter-premise? A frustrated Dipietro (sexually/ mentally/ physically/ emotionally, but thanks to horrible deals signed by the Isles…not financially) chooses to pinpoint an easy target in Cooke for his ire…his team comes to his aid and a cocky and underskilled JDP moseys on out to center ice and gets injured…AGAIN! As for their play as a team this season..I think they’re impressive. Skill players getting some experience with a bright future. BUT don’t confuse the Isles of last year to this year. This year? 5th fewest penalties in the league. And any time your 3rd/4th line guys start getting chippy with another team’s top line, they’re gonna retaliate…plain friggin’ truth. And the Isles can’t afford to lose ANYONE on that top line.

    • bcisleman - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      As ANYONE who watched the Isles last year knows, they were CONSTANTLY getting cheapshotted by other teams–especially the Penguins. It built up the week between the very chippy game played by the Pens against the Isles on 2/2 and the 2/11 game. In that period, several OTT players punched JT in the head, Dion Phaneuf cross checked him in the back of his neck (an event celebrated by NHL.COM with a Meet Mr. Phaneuf clip), and Robin Lehner initiated a line brawl by hip checking Kevin Poulin to the ice at the end of the 2nd period of the OTT game.

      These were just the latest in a series of cheapshots that were mostly unpenalized and undisciplined and the Islanders had had enough! Isles took a lot of fighting majors last year BECAUSE of that. That and the Brawlgame led to the Isles overtaking the Pens in PIM which the Pens had deservedly led in all year.

      As for your ridiculous cockeyed theories, they have ZERO basis in fact. HERE is the fact that led to RDP’s hit on Cooke:

      Even the Pittsburgh announcers–probably the two biggest homers in the NHL–were killing Cooke for what he did. Of course, to have done it 3X, he had to have been greenlighted by Byelsma–unless Byelsma cannot control his team. THAT was the motivation for the 2/2 hit and the idea that Cooke needed his teammates to come to his aid against RDP is too funny for words. Johnson, however, DID call RDP out after the hit and RDP (foolishly) responded.

      Isles don’t cheapshot other teams’ skill players. They’re too busy defending their skill players against cheapshots by other teams. The players Isles went after in the brawlgame were ALL known offenders and NOT any of the Pens’ skill players–even though Letang among others was guilty of several hideous cheapshots in that game.

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