The Ducks headed back to the ice after returning home from a four game road trip. Coming home with a 2-2 record certainly helped buoy the team. The trip did result in some casualties, though.
In addition to losing Dan Sexton for the next two weeks with a broken nose (that’s what happens when your face stops a flying puck), the Ducks also have lost Matt Beleskey for at least the next week with a concussion.
Beleskey was boarded by Stephane Robidas in Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars. Robidas received a five minute major penalty for the infraction. Per rule #42.5, when a major penalty is imposed under this rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed.
Beleskey clearly had his bell rung on the play and left the ice to be evaluated. Robidas was handed a one game suspension because it was his second game misconduct for boarding in the past 41 games.
Although Beleskey initially tweeted that he was feeling fine, he clearly was feeling the effects of the hit and the concussion by tweeting earlier today that his body “sure doesn’t feel like 22.”
Beleskey will miss the next two games and will be eligible to return to the line-up for next Wednesday’s match against Tampa Bay, assuming no further problems with the concussion.
The Ducks, who do not have an extra forward on their roster at this moment, were uncertain if they were going to recall another player from Syracuse. Anaheim has two games, back-to-back, this weekend – Friday against New Jersey at home and then in San Jose on Saturday night.