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Datsyuk skips Sunday trip after elbow to head from Cowen

Nov 24, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

Disturbing news for the Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk isn’t traveling with the team for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres after receiving this elbow from Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen on Saturday:

Red Wings GM Ken Holland provided some troubling comments about Datsyuk’s injury situation to late Saturday, including describing Datsyuk as feeling “fuzzy.”

“We left him behind,’’ Holland said. “After the game he felt, I don’t know the word, but he wasn’t quite right. We’re going through the protocol, see how he feels in the next day or two.”

Cowen, 22, hasn’t been suspended in his brief NHL career (he’s played in 113 regular season and 17 postseason games). He didn’t receive a penalty on the play, puzzling Henrik Zetterberg.

“Obviously, the combined eight eyes out there didn’t see it,’’ Zetterberg said of the two referees and two linesmen. “And if you don’t see it you can’t call it.”

“He just had the puck, kind of strange no one saw a star player like that.”

(Imagines Zetterberg scratching his chin in false-confusion.)

  1. saintsredwings - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    He’s our best player. We can’t afford to lose Dats for too long of a period.

  2. fusionix7 - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Pathetic that the refs didn’t notice tonight. If anyone was watching tonight will know just how awful and inconstant the refereeing was tonight. Cowen needs to be suspended for multiple games to get the message through you can’t be a reckless a*shole. He had nothing on his mind but intent to injure with the blatant elbow. Seriously, have some god damn respect for your fellow player.

    • partsman193509 - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      I for one am sick and tired of the incompetence of most of the referees in the NHL,surely they can’t all be blind. Ottawa was taking liberties all night long and they didn’t call a lot of the BS that they were doing, but then they call a lot of BS on the wings, you dumb a**es better wake up before someone really get’s hurt.

      • spitfisher - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        if you watch the replay, none of the refs were turned to the incident, they were in the correct position, but they were following the play, which was in another part of the ice.

        Can’t blame them if they didn’t see what happened, with the exception of losing sight of the puck in the crease, refs blow the whistle of what they saw, not what they think happened.

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    and there’s nothing wrong with officiating in the nhl…?

    you’ve got some meathead from the saskatchewan outback gooning it up all night, but the clowns in the striped jerseys managed to miss his flagrant elbow, itself purposefully directed at one of the few players in the league who consistently fills arenas around the league left half empty on any other night

    and then you’ve got chris neil…raffi torres incarnate, but without the skill or brains

    with stiffs like that filling space on their bench, senators can simply forget about icing a true contender, and their fans know it

    two things:

    this officiating crew collected paycheques for that effort…no shame

    and the nhl lets them continue in their incompetence game in and game out…no shame

    bring on the dancing horses

  4. dearyxd - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Solution = coach challenge… i cant imagine whats the problem with that, give 3 chance to the coaches 1/period and remove the advertise break, its a win win situation both for companies (they can do the same amount of ads) and the fans can watch a clean game… i cant get it.

    • spitfisher - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      No coach challenge, you’ll have every Canadian team and Pittsburg taking acting lessons in the off season and further slowing down the game, instead have Shanahan get real with penalties, in fact lets call them what they are “intent to injure” and have a 25 game suspension for the first offense or in the case of a concussion the player is out for as long as the other player is concussed-which ever is longer.

      Concussions, flagrant elbows and head shots, as well as retaliatory stick swinging, blatant checking below the knees will be sharply curtailed and more importantly the game will continue

      • dearyxd - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        “slowing down the game”
        no coach challenge not slowing the game coz u do it under advertising breaks, there is 3 ad break/period anyway… so if there is a coach challenge you remove one tv ad so u dont lose time.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        Can you imagine how busy the situation room in Toronto would be? They would need allowed 1 review per period, you know a coach would use it every period when he doesn’t like the call. Imagine a day like where there are 12 games, most of them with the same start time. That puts Toronto in the position of making up to 24 officiating calls PER PERIOD across the league plus any reviewed goal.

        You just can’t have guys half way across the continent calling games to that degree.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        Honestly, what you’re suggesting is basically robo-reffing. Which is actually a pretty funny thought :)

      • dearyxd - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        you dont need toronto for that… in nba the refs has a monitor, other than nhl hockey there is no toronto and they have video review as well…

  5. ghender590 - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I wonder if Brendan Shanahan will do his JOB and suspend Jared Cowen for an elbow to the head of Pavel Datsyuk during last night’s game. Unfortunately for this Red Wings fan, Shanahan did nothing to Shea Weber for horse collaring Zetterberg and ramming his head into the boards last year during the playoffs. The $2,500 fine that Weber received was nothing! I realize that hockey is a contact sport, but an elbow to the head deserves a suspension.

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