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Milan Michalek takes goals lead, promptly gets injured

Paul Szczechura, Milan Michalek, Erik Karlsson

Buffalo Sabres’ Paul Szczechura (58) skates with the puck as Ottawa Senators’ Milan Michalek (9), of Czech Republic, collides with Senators’ Erik Karlsson (65) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Tonight was supposed to present a great moment for Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek. The slick winger passed Phil Kessel for the goal-scoring lead with 19 only to suffer an upper-body injury in the same game.

Worse yet, that upper-body injury very well might be (you guessed it): a concussion.

It’s believed that Michalek suffered whatever-the-injury-is during a collision with his super-talented teammate Erik Karlsson. If the theme of the last couple weeks isn’t concussions, then it might be teammate-on-teammate crimes. Let’s look at the list of guys who were accidentally injured by their own pals:

  • Michalek (via Karlsson).
  • Claude Giroux took a knee to the head from Wayne Simmonds, who couldn’t manage to completely hurdle his fellow Flyer.
  • This one might only get partial credit, but it’s likely you’ve seen Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz knock each other over in slow-motion a couple times already.

So, to review: if you’re a high-end scorer, it’s not good enough to avoid players wearing other jerseys. Guys in your own uniform can do just as much damage.