Long ago, in an NHL that never really existed, there was a concern for concussion problems and head injuries. The league implemented a "Quiet Room," to which players who had suffered any contact to the head had to go and chill out for a while before returning to action.
They took these injuries seriously and didn't allow stubborn players to get in the way.
But as we've learned in these playoffs, that's never really been the case. News of Lauri Korpikoski's postseason concussion is just the latest example.
Korpikoski's injuries: knee, elbow, concussion, all suffered in Chicago series.— Craig Morgan (@cmorgancbsfoxaz) May 24, 2012
He suffered a concussion in the Chicago series -- that's the first round, the Western Conference quarterfinals. He did sit out for several games during the second round, possibly related to the head injury, but even if he was injured in the final second of his last shift in that first-round series, he still apparently played 125 minutes of hockey with a concussion thereafter. Seven games. 188 shifts. Wonderful.