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Howard might have concussion

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I've been assuming it's that. He was pretty shaken up from that pile-up that resulted from that, um, horrible Datsyuk turnover.

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It's OK either way ... Howard or Monster, that isn't our problem. The weakest link right now is our defence, close second is our inability to score. Those first 3 games were horrendus in terms of goals. Game 4 was a smidgeon better but didn't get the W for it.

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Copying my thoughts from the Monster starting Game 5 thread...

But in any event, I still am not wholly buying the concussion rumor. I've seen the play, heard several people report it, but something about the whole situation just feels a bit off for it to be a concussion. Wouldn't something like that have been caught sooner than pre-game warmups? And wasn't Gus told before warmups that he might get the start? From what I understand, Jimmy was in the pre-game warmups and the call was made after that he couldn't go. If they had a suspicion that something was up and it was a concussion, he wouldn't be taking pre-game warmups. Concussions aren't something you see if you can play through. So I'm thinking it really is the flu or it's some other more minor injury they're trying to hide as it's the playoffs. Again, keep in mind that Babcock said after Friday's practice that Gus was starting game 5 and he expected Howard to be backup. He would know if it's a concussion or not, and if he knew it was a concussion, he'd know Howard isn't going to be the backup, and there just isn't really any psychological angle to suggesting otherwise.

Maybe I'm reaching, but something doesn't add up, and I'd prefer to believe that it's truly the flu or a more minor injury. It's far more likely that he could return for game 6 if we pull off a win if it's one of those two things, whereas if it is a concussion, you'd have to think he's at least done for this series. I'm really not trying to be negative about Gus, because I think he's a fine backup and he was great in game 4, but he's the backup and Jimmy is the starter for a reason.

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People play through concussions all the time, they just don't tell anyone they're not right. There was a poll of NFL players and virtually every one of them said they have lied or would lie about a concussion to stay in a game.

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People play through concussions all the time, they just don't tell anyone they're not right. There was a poll of NFL players and virtually every one of them said they have lied or would lie about a concussion to stay in a game.

Then 10 yrs down the road the sue the league.

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It has gotten to the point I really want the season to just end so everyone can take the summer to rest, recover, and heal up. The daily if not hourly medical reports are sickening.........

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It has gotten to the point I really want the season to just end so everyone can take the summer to rest, recover, and heal up. The daily if not hourly medical reports are sickening.........

We've gotten a lot more people back lately and this has been the first injury in a while. (Not counting Alfredsson, don't think he's been healthy most of the year)

It sucks Jimmy is hurt but hopefully we can win a couple games before he's ready to ho and we aren't golfing when he is ready.

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