PuckDaddy- Jon Blum scored the only shootout goal for the KHL’s HC Admiral in their loss to Salavat Yulaev on Friday. While the goal was nice, the end result — aside from the loss — for Blum was not a good one.
The 27-year-old defenseman, who’s played 110 NHL games between the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild, got tripped up by Salavat goaltender Niklas Svedberg and crashed hard into the end boards.
Blum knew immediately something was wrong and was later diagnosed with an arm injury and will miss 5-6 weeks according to the team.
I can't - even in my cold, black heart of hearts - crucify this guy for getting hurt after roofing a slick little backhander in a shootout. Honestly, how could I? The arrival of that goalie's pesky poke check was so late and sure to be catastrophic that it makes the leaking of Donald Trump's pussy grabbing tape one month before the election seem timely. Can't fault a guy for barreling into the boards skull first after he had a stick stuck in his skates as he was heading full speed towards them. I can, however, criticize him for how he handled the aftermath.
As we just learned, you can definitely get hurt scoring in a shootout. What you can't do is let people know that you got hurt scoring in a shootout. I don't know how much pain this guy was in, but I'm assuming it was quite a bit since it ended up being an injury that's going to keep him out of the lineup as many as 6 weeks. That said, the only way to not end up as part of one of the few KHL "highlights" that NHL fans are going to see - and likely mock - is to gather your belongings and promptly join the rest of your bench until the game has ended.
Has this guy learned nothing from the 'Mighty Ducks'? Taking the fall and acting hurt is how you get indignant. Don't you value your dignity, Jonathan Blum? I don't care how hard it is to hide an arm that is in multiple pieces, if you don't want to go viral then you'll pretend you're 'okay' until you get back to the locker room. Create a scene by leaving your stick on the ice and bolting from the playing surface as soon as possible and the vast majority of people that are going to watch a video of it are only going to be watching to see you writhe in pain. We likely wouldn't even have seen your goal if you kept it together until you hit the trainer's table, and - in this case specifically - that's a best case scenario - no matter how silky smooth your finish was.