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Lightning's Gagne, Kubina to miss Game 2

Posted on: April 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 5:32 pm

Tampa Bay's Game 1 victory in Washington came with a hefty price.

Winger Simon Gagne and defenseman Pavel Kubina will miss Sunday's Game 2 and are listed as day to day after taking hard hits two days prior. Particularly scary was Gagne's fall as he stayed down a while, leading the stretcher to come out onto the ice. In the end it wasn't needed, but that didn't make the moment less frightening. Kubina was checked into the end boards by Jason Chimera in the second period.

“I remember everything, I remember the hit,” Gagne told The Tampa Tribune  on Sunday. “It looked a lot worse than people think. I felt good yesterday and I feel good today, too. And we’ll go day by day.”

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said at Sunday's morning skate that both could be back soon.

"Right now, my understanding from the doctors is it's day to day," Boucher said (via ). "There's a possibility maybe for one of them for Tuesday, maybe for both. It's really day to day."

Kubina will be replaced by Randy Jones, who himself is coming back from injury. Blair Jones will dress in place of Gagne.

Tampa Bay has already achieved what it would have liked, getting at least one game in D.C. before returning home. As much as the Bolts would like to take a 2-0 lead, that first win might have bought them just a little bit of room to play things safe, not rush anybody back. Plus, they already showed they can win without either Gagne or Kubina.

-- Brian Stubits


Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2011 3:39 pm

Lightning's Gagne, Kubina to miss Game 2

Really interesting how quickly everyone was to say that the hit from Hannan on Gagne was clean.   If Ovechkin had his head slammed onto the ice that way how different the comments would be!

Kubina had his melon elbowed at the base of his skull and it was deemed clean.  I am all for contact and physical play but these these are the same clowns who will try and say that Hedmans hit on Syd Crybaby was less than clean. 

These jokers see the name of the player and then make a judgement about how within the rules each hit appears to be.  The commentators on versus should just put up a disclaimer that they want Washington to win, need Ovechkin for ratings and be done with it. 

Oh well the ning have a 2-0 lead and a mountain still to climb but all the us against the world will do nothing but help Tampa put  DC on the golf course early.

What I would love to see is #8's chicklets knocked out with a high stick and no call, oh  how much crying and complaining there would be,  just watching that oompa loompa coach turn six shades of purple would be priceless.

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