Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, there was some concern that Martin St. Louis might not be able to play. After blocking a shot against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, St. Louis didn’t practice on Wednesday and wasn’t on the ice as the team took its morning skate in preparation for the contest against the Wild.
He was seen being taken from the locker room on Wednesday on a golf cart while wearing a protective boot, and coach Jon Cooper considered St. Louis a game-time decision heading into Thursday’s game.
Yet it was St. Louis who led his team out onto the ice 30 minutes before puck drop to take warm-ups, and it was St. Louis who was able to play through pain yet again. Cooper spoke to the Tampa Tribune concerning the injury:
He took a shot in sort of a tender spot. He is going to be OK … and the tests were, to a point, that whatever damage is done he can’t do anything worse to it, so it’s a pain-tolerant thing.
You will be hard pressed to find a player in the NHL with a higher pain threshold than St. Louis, who has only missed seven games since 2002. If the league has an iron man, St. Louis is it, and he wasn’t about to let a little bruise prevent him from playing. Probably because the foot is a heck of a long ways away from the heart.