The Red Wings won’t have to face Todd Bertuzzi tonight when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. Bertuzzi is out with a concussion after a hit from Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard in the first period of Sunday night’s loss.
Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said his big winger suffered an apparent concussion when he was hit by Minnesota winger Derek Boogaard nearly 14 minutes into the game.
“He moved the puck toward the net and Boogaard . . . I don’t know if he ran down but he took an extra step to come down to hit him,” Carlyle said. “His shoulder or arm area caught flush on the jaw of Bertuzzi.”
The severity of the concussion is unknown. Carlyle said Bertuzzi will be re-examined today and pronounced him “highly doubtful” for tonight’s home game against Detroit.
Interesting that Carlyle seems to be questioning the legality of Boogaard’s hit, knowing the history of his own club. I didn’t see the hit so I won’t comment on it but if it was high, why is Carlyle surprised that it goes both ways?