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Video: Carolina’s Pitkanen stretchered off after icing crash

Apr 2, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday’s contest with the Washington after this ugly incident on an icing play with Caps forward Troy Brouwer:

There was no word at the time of the severity of Pitkanen’s injury.

The 29-year-old blueliner has one goal and eight assists in 22 games with the Hurricanes this season. He’d already missed extensive time with a lower-body injury.

Tim Gleason, Bobby Sanguinetti and Jiri Tlusty helped wheel Pitkanen off in the stretcher to a strong applause from the PNC Arena crowd.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster, who suffered a serious leg injury on an icing race a few years ago, contacted Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune shortly after the Pitkanen injury:

 

  1. packerswin96 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Cherry has been arguing against the NHL’s icing rule for ever it seems, I just can not fathom why the NHL is so damn bull headed about this rule, the danger involved with icing far out weighs any excitement there might be with it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Then why are these injuries happen so few and far between?

      • paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        How often does a senseless severe injury have to happen for you to start to think it is important to address?

        Seems like one senseless injury is too many.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    HY-BRID IC-ING! *clap-clap, clapclapclap*

  3. acieu - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Hybrid icing yes yes yes

  4. hockeydon10 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    So… what exactly is the argument against hybrid icing?

    • esracerx46 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      I guess Bettman is a masochist? So..as long as he’s commish we’ll have fighting too.

  5. DonkeyStick - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Hockey fans stand and cheer when their player KO’s the other teams player but want rule changes for icing? What’s next the NFL RB’s can’t lower their heads?

  6. mpg44 - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    First off , even if there were a hybrid icing rule in effect , the resulting play would be the same. Hybrid icing is still a race to the puck if an offending player is deemed capible of gettin to the puck. Second , if we make rules for every situation that there is inherent danger on the ice …. We would not have ice hockey anymore! This is not a sport for pansies ! Some times there are consequences for going all out on a play. It is up to the player to determine if the “possible ” result is “worth the risk”. Hockey is a dangerous sport and good decisions are an important part if it . For instance , why did he decide to go that close to the boards before he began to stop?

    • esracerx46 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      No it wouldn’t. On most forms if hybrid icing the players race to dots. Pitkanen was clearly going to make it there first but Brower did make it interesting. In a small percentage of cases you are correct in that the player would have to touch up. But I dont feel like this was one of those instances.

      • mpg44 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

        The hybrid icing rule that was experimented with was auto / no touch icing unless thee is a chance that an offending player could get to it dirt to waive it off . This decision is up to the discretion of the linesman . So since two players were present , a race to the puck and touching it would have been necessary to call icing .

  7. rgledz - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Just make icing like it is in College hockey. It takes nothing away from the game and the injuries will be eliminated. Simple solution.

  8. jhuck92 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    So what’s the record for team injuries in one season?

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