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Zach Parise really doesn’t want his hand to be broken (Update: It isn’t)

Mar 5, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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Getting in front of a slap shot is one of the dangers of being a hockey player. When you’re Zach Parise of the Devils, steering clear of blue line bombs is in your best interest, but it’s unavoidable at times. Such was the case yesterday afternoon when Parise took a Milan Jurcina slap shot off his hand.

Now, Parise is just hoping that there aren’t any lingering effects from getting in the way. As he tells Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, he’s really hoping his hand isn’t broken.

“It’s OK,” Parise said. “I just took a puck into it. It hurt for a little while, but it’s OK.”

Parise said he had not had an X-ray on his hand yet. When I asked him if he needed one, he said, “I hope not.”

Parise didn’t miss any action after getting hit, so at the very least adrenaline kept him playing. The Devils already have Travis Zajac out of action and if Parise’s hand is busted, they’re in deep trouble.

Going without Zajac has been tricky but doable. Going without Parise would up the pressure on Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrik Elias, and Adam Henrique to produce big numbers. With the playoffs coming up soon, that’s one stress the Devils would like to avoid.

Update (9:53 a.m. ET): The joy of the Internet, moments after this was posted, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger hears from Lou Lamoriello that x-rays on Parise’s hand were negative. Go ahead and exhale, New Jersey.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau were both injured in the same game as ZP. PA was slashed in the hand and Matt in the face. Matt needed 12 stitches I think. Matt has as many points as ZP and PA has three more. We have now had two articles about ZP’s hand and no mention of Matt or PA. Wonder why.

  2. brycewest - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Because they’re on a suck team, supported by suck fans. AND they’re not half as talented as Parise. AND every fan of hockey could care less about the Wang’s gang. AND Matt Moulson would probably look better with stitches. That is all.

    • creasemasta41 - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      thats a lot of hate in one comment. show some class and quit bashing the team. its already been a rough ten years for them without so called fans like you running your mouth

    • bcisleman - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      I usually try to find common ground and discourse reasonably with folks, but you are a complete idiot so that is impossible

      • brycewest - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        I was simply trolling for a response from bcislesman, and I was successful. I don’t hate the Isles at all, but never miss an opportunity to provoke the ire of a homer. By the way, bc, I “liked”your comment!

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