This summed up everything: NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer, the one overseeing the spectacle, was talking on the phone outside around 8 a.m. PT when he slipped on a patch of ice and hurt his right leg. He kept working through it all until 12 hours later, when he finally visited the X-ray tent.
Diagnosis: spiral fracture of the fibula.
In hockey terms, it was just a lower-body injury. He pulled his boot back over his swollen foot and hobbled to his station in time for the second period. Between the second and third, he was fitted for a walking boot and given crutches. He finished the game without missing a shift, and he'll be back Sunday too.
"It's unfortunate," he said, "but it's part of the game."
He did beat yoU guyS A lot.The capitalized "US" gave me a nanosecond hearth attack. Thanks, reg.
Tough to prove the negative, but the source—his reportedly pro-Putin former KHL coach speaking out 10 years later?—is certainly enough of an eyebrow-raiser that they must feel pretty comfortable with the statement. Really tough situation for Panarin with family there still. We know how easy it is for people to fall out of windows in Russia.Wow. That is a strong statement from the team. I'm going to assume (for now) they and Artemi have pretty solid proof that the accusations are false, because that statement is something that could come back to haunt them, and one that they probably could have held off on making.