Adding injury to injury, Artem Anisimov was forced to leave today's Super Series Game 3 with an apparent knee injury after an unpenalized knee on knee hit from Colton Gillies, another relative of a former Islander. The Canadians, conntinuing to play an (ahem) physical game, were already down a man and on a delayed penalty call for a second man, but Gillies went unpenalized on the play, appearing to have hit Anisimov unintentionally while trying to avoid a collision. Inferno of Rangers Review has provided the following video clip of the incident -- the replay strongly suggests that Gillies was trying to get his knee out of Anisimov's way, not into it:
Anisimov left the building while the game was still in progress to be further evaluated. A teammate, according to AllHockey.ru, said, "He tore a ligament in his knee. Most likely he will not participate in the remaining games." Anisimov had already told Sovietski Sport that "after two matches of the Canadian part of the series I will leave for the Rangers training camp," which would have gotten him to Traverse City in time for the Prospect Tournament. But he will not play with a torn knee ligament -- and if it's a torn ACL rather than an MCL, he will not be playing hockey for a long time.
Meanwhile, Alexei Cherepanov is out of the series with a concussion, having been held for hospitalization, according to TSN. Here is the hit Brandon Sutter laid on him, a dirty dangerous blind side elbow to the head, leaving his feet. Sutter's dad's statement that there was no malice in the hit is a cowardly lie -- if your son is gonna pull crap like this, speak the truth about it. Early in the clip, you can see what set Sutter off. He was skating backwards in his own zone without watching where he was going and was clipped by Cherepanov. He thought he was slew-footed on purpose, but Cherepanov caught him accidentally with the follow-through of his back foot while he was skating a crossover looking for a pass -- it was Sutter's own fault:
Three other Russians have been injured in the three games. Canada won Game 3 this morning by a 6-2 score to take a 3-0 lead in the series -- see game stories here, here, and here. Thanks again to Laurie for translating stories from Russian.