Niklas Hjalmarsson logged 17:12 of ice time in Game 3 despite not being medically cleared to speak.
He was struck in the throat by a puck in Game 2 on Sunday. Hjalmarsson probably sustained a fractured larynx on the play, but he didn't miss a shift. Aside from the obvious pain he is playing through, not being able to communicate on the ice is also an issue that he had to deal with. "There are some times you'd like to have some communication with your partner, with a goalie, line changes, who's up and not, who's got who," coach Joel Quenneville said. "But he's a smart guy, and I think he's pretty familiar with his partner, the goalie, those situations. And we'll see how they adapt around the changes, how that plays out." Hjalmarsson has three assists and 34 blocks in nine 2014 postseason games.
Wed, May 7, 2014 08:37:00 AM