With the image of Dan Boyle being carted off the ice on a stretcher still firmly entrenched in the minds of the hockey world, Cody McLeod of the Colorado Avalanche made a startlingly similar hit on Niklas Kronwall two minutes into Thursday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Some people just don’t get it, and some people just don’t learn.
Kronwall was protecting the puck in the corner in his defensive zone as McLeod came steam rolling in. The principal point of contact was the head no matter who you cheer for, and the result was Kronwall being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Two All-Star defenders stretchered off around the NHL this week. That has to be some sort of dastardly record.
While the Wings eventually got the last laugh by handing Colorado its first defeat of the young season, the victory was bittersweet at best. No. 55 was down on the ice and motionless for a considerable amount of time, and Detroit had to go nearly 58 minutes of a hockey game without its best defender.
McLeod, who plays on Colorado’s fourth line, was handed a five-minute major for boarding and ejected for the reckless hit. It was a scary situation, and it was interesting to see that the Avalanche continued to boo Todd Bertuzzi every time he touched the puck, despite watching one of their own drive a Wing’s head into the boards only minutes prior.
Some people just don’t get it. Some people never learn.
Kronwall’s injury is being characterized as a “mild concussion” according to USA Today. Detroit has not released a time table for his return yet, but he will reportedly continue to travel with the team has the head to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes. Meanwhile, McLeod awaits his fate from the NHL disciplinary committee.