Vanek’s thumb ‘throbbing’ following Wild’s loss to Kings
Wild forward Thomas Vanek took a shot off his right thumb on a Minnesota power play during the second period Sunday and admitted to playing through pain following the 2-1 loss to the Kings.
“Obviously its’ throbbing, squeezing the stick wasn’t the easiest, but it was good enough to comeback,” Vanek told the team’s website post-game.
The incident took place at 6:14 of the second period as Vanek was pushed into a Ryan Suter point shot by Kings’ defenseman Robyn Regehr.
As the puck goes into the corner, Vanek is seen shaking his right hand.
Vanek, who finished with two shots and 17:45 in time on ice, missed the remainder of the second period, but returned to play nine shifts in the third.
The 30-year-old has an assist in four games this season.
Minnesota has lost two straight, but have three days off to prepare for the Arizona Coyotes, who visit Thursday.
Vanek should have plenty of time to recover.