One broken nose, one concussion setback

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2011 - 1:42 AM

Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg Jets defenseman. Then Guillaume Latendresse was lost during the first intermission of Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago because of what coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome.

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard suffered a broken nose and cut lip Tuesday night when he was driven face-first into the boards by a Winnipeg defenseman. But the Wild winger said he thinks he has avoided what everyone who knows his history fears -- a concussion.

Unfortunately for the Wild, Guillaume Latendresse hasn't.

One game after returning from a concussion, Latendresse was lost during the first intermission of Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago because of what coach Mike Yeo termed post-concussion syndrome.

Latendresse logged 7:03 of ice time in the first period with four hits. On one shift, he checked Nick Leddy hard, then rocked Viktor Stalberg with an open-ice hit near the benches. It's unclear if that's when Latendresse was rattled.

But clearly, the power winger, who missed 15 games before returning in Winnipeg, will be shut down indefinitely.

It's not clear how long Bouchard will be out. He rode an exercise bike and skated Wednesday morning but was held out of Wednesday's game. He was examined by doctors in the afternoon, underwent a CT scan and said it's hard to know what he's feeling "because I'm just so sore everywhere."

"With his history, we want to make sure absolutely that he's good to go," Yeo said.

Bouchard missed the final eight games of the 2008-09 season because of a concussion, then 81 in 2009-10 with post-concussion syndrome before returning Dec. 1, 2010.

Bouchard wasn't feeling the greatest but said he believes it was due to the broken nose that wouldn't stop bleeding until late into Tuesday night.

"I had a pretty big shot on the nose, and with all the sinuses, my body doesn't feel 100 percent. I lost a lot of blood last night," Bouchard said. "But I don't have many big symptoms that tell me my head's not fine."

Zach Bogosian, the Jets defenseman who cross-checked Bouchard, wasn't disciplined by the NHL because the Player Safety Department felt Bogosian didn't run at him and that Bouchard turned just prior to the hit.

Zidlicky in, Zanon out

With Bouchard out and the Wild in need of a power-play pointman, defenseman Marek Zidlicky returned after missing 13 games because of a concussion (plus-2) and shot-blocking veteran Greg Zanon was a healthy scratch for the first time in his Wild career.

"[Zidlicky] says he's ready," Yeo said Wednesday morning without revealing whom Zidlicky would replace. "I feel like everybody's playing well. That's the tricky thing about it. Zid's a guy we have to get into the lineup. We have to get his game going. I felt like he was starting to come along before he got hurt."

Zanon, 31, Zidlicky's defense partner for much of his first two seasons, had an erratic start to the season before missing 16 games with a groin injury. He has played eight since his return.

Yeo noted Wednesday morning that Clayton Stoner had the highest plus-minus among defensemen (plus-8).

"Stoney adds a lot to our group," Yeo said. "This is a guy that has an awful lot of respect from his teammates. A huge part of where we're at is that intangible closeness of our group. He's one of those glue guys.

"I'm not saying he's always the prettiest player. There's going to be moments where things are less than gorgeous, but he's effective."

Etc.

• The Wild recalled Warren Peters from Houston of the AHL and scratched Casey Wellman. To make room for Peters, goalie Josh Harding (whiplash) was placed on injured reserve, a procedural move. He's eligible to be activated at any time. Defenseman Nate Prosser was returned to Houston.

• Prospect Brett Bulmer was cut from Canada's world junior championships selection camp.

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