Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hit against boards was scary for Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis

MONTREAL — Lightning LW Marty St. Louis said he lost his equilibrium for about 45 seconds and had trouble skating after the back of his head hit the end boards Saturday when he was run over by Atlanta's Clarke MacArthur.

"Was it a scary moment? Absolutely," he said Tuesday. "When you're on the ice and you can't put one foot in front and your family is in the stands, it's hard."

But it was not a concussion, St. Louis said, as on Monday he raised his heart rate on the stationary bike to more than 170 without ill effects and took a neurological test he said was normal.

St. Louis, who entered Tuesday fifth in the league with 78 points, played against the Canadiens in his 373rd consecutive game, the league's sixth longest active streak.

He had 21:44 of ice time and looked speedy scoring his 24th goal.

Still, the episode is not one St. Louis will forget quickly.

"It's not like the hit itself hurt me, it was the back of my head hitting the board," St. Louis said. "Back there is your vision and your balance, and both were pretty shaky at the time.

"It was me skating myself off the ice. I had full balance and everything. It probably took about a minute or so to get back to normal, but I didn't have light legs or was light-headed off the ice. I was aware of everything."

INJURIES: C Zenon Konopka will miss at least a week with back spasms that began as he trained during the Olympic break, and LW Ryan Malone did not play because of an upper-body injury coach Rick Tocchet said has been lingering.

HEADS UP: C Vinny Lecavalier said watching replays of Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke lay out Boston's Marc Savard with a shoulder hit to the head "makes me sick."

"That's the type of player he is," Lecavalier added. "He runs around and he hits guys who are in a vulnerable position."

Lecavalier should know. Cooke's hit on him in April 2008, when he didn't have the puck, separated Lecavalier's shoulder, which required surgery.

"I think they should suspend him more than one game," Lecavalier said. "If they don't it's going to be a big mistake, especially protecting a guy like him who has previous times hit guys dirty."

SHATTERING: With consecutive one-timers that missed the net, C Steven Stamkos during the morning skate broke two panes of glass atop the end boards. But the glass didn't fall, prompting players to keep shooting in an attempt to bring them down.

"The 7-year-olds in us comes out," Stamkos said.

"It was like angry sharks, man," Tocchet added.

But while small shards of glass fell with every shot, the pane stayed up.

"We were waiting for the closer," Tocchet said.

Meaning D Kurtis Foster, who has broken at least four panes of glass in games this season but was not part of Tuesday's fun.

ODDS AND ENDS: Stamkos' 17th power-play goal broke the team record set by Brian Bradley in 1992-93 and matched by Lecavalier in 2006-07. … RW Steve Downie's career-high 10-game point streak ended. … D Matt Walker's goal was his first since Feb. 21, 2009, for the Blackhawks, a stretch of 72 games. … D Matt Smaby was scratched.

Hit against boards was scary for Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis 03/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

    Bucs

    Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder …

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) during a 2016 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  2. Strange case: Bucs could face nemesis Case Keenum again

    Bucs

    Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?

    Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass in the first half Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. [Getty Images]
  3. USF men's basketball gets off lightly with NCAA

    College

    Former USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua, center, with former assistants Oliver Antigua, left, and Rod Strickland during a game at the Sun Dome on Nov. 9, 2015. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  4. Adam Foote, left, said there have been a few eye-opening moments in his first NHL training camp, but is feeling more comfortable every day.
  5. Toledo feels like a second season opener for Miami Hurricanes

    Blogs

    LAKE BUENA VISTA - The schedule says Week 4, but it sure doesn't feel that way for the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes.

    The Miami Hurricanes suit up for practice Tuesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex