Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Boyle cut on his throat
Posted Mar 28, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Mar 28, 2008 at 01:31 AM
It turned out to be a pretty scary moment for Dan Boyle tonight. And really, the guy has been through hell this season. He’s got plenty of detractors out there, and times it’s warranted. But you can’t knock the guy for what happened on the game-winning goal tonight after he got clipped by a skate that left him with a pretty long gash on his throat. I think the fact that he had enough of his bearings to find the puck and make the effort to get in front of the shot by Tomas Fleischmann is commendable.
Boyle’s voice was a bit raspy after the game as a result of play.
Couple of other things that didn’t make the paper due in large part to what happened to Boyle which forced me to completely switch gears after the game - but Vinny Lecavalier registered his 600th career point tonight on Alex Picard’s goal. Also, Alex Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet. Tampa Bay does a pretty good job, for the most part, of containing Ovechkin when they play. But once again, it was the Tomas Fleischmann show as he ended up scoring the winner, his first point since Feb. 26.
Oh, and Los Angeles won tonight, putting the Kings in a tie with Tampa Bay for points. The Kings have one more victory, but the Lightning have one extra game to play, so technically speaking, the Lightning are still in the No. 29 spot in the standings.
Below is a snippet of the story that’s online and in the newspaper.
Immediately Dan Boyle’s instinctively went to his throat. He knew he was in trouble.
“I had just felt his skate slice my throat,’’ Boyle said. “I thought he cut me pretty good. I had a lot of stuff going through my head.’’
Boyle had just suffered gash between four and five inches to the lower part of his throat after getting hit by the left skate of Washington defenseman Mike Green. Seconds later Tomas Fleischmann scored the winning goal for a 4-3 Capitals victory at the 2:27 mark of overtime.
And though Boyle did his best to try to locate the puck and get in front of Fleischmann’s shot, his mind was racing with so many different scenarios. It was just six weeks ago in Buffalo that Florida’s Richard Zednik had to be rushed to the hospital after the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen severed Zednik’s carotid artery resulting in life-saving surgery.
“I was pretty scared for my life, really,’’ Boyle said.
Green said he was unaware of what happened until he was informed a short time after the game ended.
“I just heard about it, I had no idea that happened,’’ Green said. “I sure hope he’s OK.’’
Though Boyle did not take any stitches as the gash was not very deep, the scares to Boyle’s psyche for a season marred by freak accidents and scary moments.
At one point after the game, Boyle threw his elbow pad backward behind his head into the overhead compartment the same area in which his downtrodden season began six months ago .
It was following a preseason game on Sept. 22 against the Capitals in which Boyle’s year started to turn when a skate fell off its hook and landed on Boyle’s wrist severing three tendons. Surgery was performed the next day keeping Boyle out of the lineup until Oct. 28. But after four games it was discovered the surgery failed to take as only one of the tendons reattached itself and a second surgery was performed on Nov. 9 that kept him out until Jan. 24.
Then on Wednesday during practice, Boyle took a skate to the right side of his head when teammate Andreas Karlsson got tripped up. Though the skate blade hit Boyle in the helmet he was left with a “golf-ball’’ sized lump on the side of his.
“That’s two days in a row now, a skate to my head,’’ Boyle said