Petr Prucha Leaves Coyotes And Stars Game On Stretcher

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What's To Blame, The Hit Or The Glass?

A lot of focus these days in the NHL is on the nature of dirty and illegal and especially head shots, as players become faster and stronger.

One other debate that has started up is over the nature of the actual boards that arenas are using. Jobing.com uses ‘seamless glass’, which differs from the normal seamed glass that the majority of hockey arenas use. Seamless glass is designed to speed the game up, yet detractors say that it’s lack of give and flexibility opens up players to injury. Some are saying that’s what happened with the Prucha injury.

Travis Hair of Five For Howling, begs to differ:

I don’t really find that the seamless glass has that much of a difference here than glass anywhere else. While many say that the glass is harder having seen the hits up close they don’t seem to be any worse than getting hit against any other glass I’ve seen. In fact this is the first time in recent memory that I can recall someone being stretchered off for a head injury against the glass at Jobing.com Arena. Justin Williams was taken off earlier in the year when he blew up his knee, but every other time there’s been a head injury it was in the open ice, not due to the glass. And as I’m writing this @patty_in_dallas brings up a good point on twitter that Prucha didn’t hit the glass itself, but a metal stanchion where the penalty box is. Seamless glass or no, that injury still happens.

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Prucha Listed As Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury

AZ Central reports that Petr Prucha is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury, after being released from the hospital last night.

During the game’s broadcast, there were several reports that Prucha was alert and conscious and was taken to the hospital simply as a precaution.

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VIDEO: James Neal's Hit On Petr Prucha

It seems there's some debate as to the legality of Neal's hit on Prucha, that resulted in an unfortunate injury. Here's the video:

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Petr Prucha Leaves Coyotes And Stars Game On Stretcher

Yet another scary play in the NHL.

Petr Prucha took a hard hit by James Neal along the Jobing.com Arena boards, and was immediately knocked unconscious and laid still on the ice. As with these sort of injuries, officials took every precaution and Prucha was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

The hit appeared to be clean, as Neal finished a side to side check as Prucha passed the puck. There's some question as to whether Neal's elbow made some contact up high, but there's no doubt that the whiplash of the hit combined with Jobing's notoriously hard seamless boards played a part in the injury.

We'll have more updates as the come available.

Dallas Stars @ Phoenix Coyotes Game Page.

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