During Saturday night’s home game against the Canadiens, Mike Van Ryn went back in his own end to play the puck, and was subsequently hit from behind by Kostopoulous squarely on the numbers, sending Mike face first into the boards. The impact was tremendous and right away you could tell that it was serious as Van Ryn collapsed immediately in a heap, holding his face with blood spilling onto the ice. The hit occurred at 7:03 into the first period, and Kostopoulos received a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct.
He was helped off the ice, and CBC later reported that he was taken in a stretcher with a brace to the hospital.
According to a later update on CBC, Mike Van Ryn has been diagnosed with the following injuries:
– Concussion, Broken Nose, Broken Finger
Multiple new outlets now confirming:
“Maple Leafs D Van Ryn leaves gameToronto, ON (Sports Network) – Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn left Saturday’s 6-3 win over Montreal after taking a big hit from Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos.
Van Ryn was rammed into the end boards from behind by Kostopoulos early in the first period. Van Ryn went to the ice and later to the hospital, with what the club said was a broken hand, broken nose, concussion and cut face.
He is expected to be out about one month.
Kostopoulos was given a five-minute boarding major on the hit and a game misconduct.”
Wilson later confirmed in his post-game interview that the injury report was accurate and that he would roughly be out a month. One month seems fairly optimistic considering how severe it initially looked, and I’d imagine that’s how long they expect the physical injuries to last. But with concussions and lingering symptoms, you just never know. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery.
My thoughts? Dirty, ill-advised hit, but I doubt it was with the intent to injure. Brain cramp by Kostopoulos and he deserves a couple games to think it over, but that’s up to Colin Campbell to decide. Carbonneau and the Canadiens represent nothing but class at its finest, and headhunting is not a part of their game. Expect theÂ bad blood and intensity of this game toÂ leadÂ to one heckuva rematch in Montreal on January 8th. Might wanna circle that date onÂ your calendar as a game not to miss. Van Ryn’s probably done it, Grabovski’s done it, and you can bet that Mayers probably has as well.