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TORONTO -- On Tuesday, Aaron Ekblad went home to Florida. Cheap Billy Price Jersey .After becoming a surprise scratch in Monday nights loss to Team Russia, the most important defenseman on Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey watched his teammates lose from a press box suite while wearing a suit and tie.He and North America management were following league protocol after Ekblad experienced concussion-like symptoms following a big hit from Finlands Leo Komarov in Ekblads first game of the tournament.But in terms of making the tough call between playing through pain in a best-on-best tournament and preserving yourself for the long grind of a regular season, there is no real protocol.There are judgment calls, conversations and, right now, lots of NHL general managers just hoping it ends.If youre a fan of the game, you love to watch the excitement, and its a beautiful game to watch, said one Western Conference general manager. But when you look at whats the benefit to the [NHL] team? Its zero.For a team like Ekblads Panthers, its now gone into the negative. The Dallas Stars can feel their pain. Stars captain Jamie Benn of Team Canada pulled out of the tournament to heal from surgery, and theyve now suffered two injuries in Canadas Tyler Seguin (foot) and the Czech Republics Radek Faksa (concussion symptoms).Ales Hemsky of the Czech Republic, one of the last healthy Stars left, had better watch out.How the communication between the club team and international team went down has varied depending on the situation. Stars GM Jim Nill got word after Canadas first exhibition game against the U.S. that Seguin was banged up.He sent Seguin a text, and the response from his star center assured him he was fine. After he played another exhibition game, the tone of the texts changed.Seguin was hurting.A conference call was set up with Nill, Seguin, doctors and Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong, and the group hashed out a solution. Maybe Seguin could power through the injury, but with center Ryan OReilly ready to step in, it wasnt necessary.The decision was made to send Seguin home. There might have been relief for the Stars that Benn and Seguin were out of harms way and should be ready to go to start the season, but they also felt for a guy who all summer had been looking forward to representing his country.I talked to Tyler the night before he went to the camp in Ottawa, how excited he was in playing for Canada, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday. I dont think any of them think of injury before they go. They just think of playing.And when they get hurt, they think of playing through it. Thats what makes these guys the best in the world.So its important that NHL clubs have a say in the decision, especially considering how hard it can be for the player to take a big-picture approach when opportunities like this dont present themselves very often.For a player such as Faksa, this is one of the first opportunities to play for his country on a big stage.Radek, hes a young guy representing his country. Hes 21. It tugs at them, Nill said. Its hard. Its tough. Its tough for them to go, Hey, I cant go anymore, to their teammates there and their country.Ultimately, the team has a say, and the Panthers certainly didnt hide their desire to bring Ekblad home, nor should they have. Hes their franchise defenseman. They have Stanley Cup hopes this season.Its not like Ekblad grew up dreaming of wearing the Team North America orange and black. So this was the no-brainer.It makes the North Americans job a little harder as they face Sweden on Wednesday needing a win to survive. The team is also without goalie Matt Murray, who is out with a hand injury. Ekblad was their big-minute defenseman, taking on the toughest competition for coach Todd McLellan.Fellow defenseman Ryan Murray left practice early in what McLellan called a maintenance day, saying he expects Murray to be available for the Sweden game. If not, that would leave North America with five defensemen, which would be an issue.Yeah, defenseman Jacob Trouba deadpanned. You usually want six.If they get to six, the young group remains confident they have a defense capable of advancing in this tournament. The coaches and general managers of the emerging NHL stars might not exactly be broken hearted if they dont.The World Cup has seen big names go down and its just getting out of group play. Multiple general managers said they were taken aback at just how intense and physical the opening exhibition game was between the United States and Canada. It was clear then the players cared about this tournament in a big way. When thats the case, injuries are going to follow. Its inevitable.Those watching from the outside, waiting for it to end just hope it doesnt strike their key players as the games get even more intense once the World Cup shifts to the semifinalsYou just look at the history of these tournaments, one team is going to get significantly hurt, said one GM. Youre holding your breath its not you. Cheap Cincinnati Bengals Jersesys . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. Bengals Jersesys Outlet . Two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 15 race in an area packed with fans cheering the passing runners. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including at least 16 who lost limbs.http://www.bengalsjerseyscheap.com/cheap-rod-taylor-jersey/ . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuses vaunted 2/3 zone was way too much for Monmouth to handle.The Orange (3-0) limited Monmouth (1-2) to 21 second-half points and broke open a tight game en route to a 71-50 rout Friday night.The zone forced the Hawks to 31 percent shooting from the field and 14 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-29) for the game. They were 1 for 18 from the 3-point line in the second half.Andrew White scored all of his 18 points in the first half and freshman forward Taurean Thompson added 12 for Syracuse. Tyus Battle had nine points, and Frank Howard chipped in with eight points and six assists for Syracuse. Tyler Lydon had four blocks.Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 11 points, and Collin Stewart had eight.I thought our defense in the second half was really good, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. They (Monmouth) got some looks that they missed but our defense was pretty good, we pushed them off spots and made them take tough shots.White said the Hawks played into Syracuses hands in the second half.The zone really forces you to take deep 3s, said White, a fifth-year transfer playing zone for the first time. They took the bait and took some really deep shots. If you can make a 25-footer you deserve everything you get but they played into our hands and we did a good job keeping the ball out of the post. It was a pretty good defensive night.Point guard Frank Howard thought Syracuses effort on the defensive end was the best of the young season.Im not saying theyre not a great team but I think the zone made them work harder than they normally do. We just played good defense today, and it was definitely the zone. We stepped it up a notch when it came to that.Anytime you can hold a team to 21 points and with the way they usually shoot its a great confidence builder for this team, Lydon said.The Orange led 37-29 at the half, but established control by going on a 17-6 run, led by Howards six points.Theyve had great teams for a long, long time, said Monmouth coach King Rice, a Binghamton, NY native who grew up watching Syracuse in the Carrier Dome and labelled Fridays experience as his biggest thrill as a coach. This one right here has potential to be one of their best ones, but right at this moment its still early.BIG PICTUREMonmouth: The Hawks followed up a heartbreaking loss at South Carolina with a poor performance Friday but should be able to right the ship against Cornell. Cheap Andrew Brown Jersey. Syracuse: This was the biggest test for the Orange so far and Syracuse passed with flying colors.MISSING AT THE START:MAAC Rookie of the Year Micah Seaborn found a seat at the start of the game but entered at 16:22 of the first half.THE KING RETURNS: Monmouth coach King Rice, a native of Binghamton, NY, was a highly coveted SU recruit but opted for North Carolina. When Monmouth played SU in Syracuse Dec. 8, 2012, Rice was suspended for one game for his criticism of game officials so this was his first time coaching in the Carrier Dome.A SYRACUSE CONNECTION: Monmouth assistant coach Rick Callahan was an assistant under Jim Boeheim.REMEMBERING THE PEARL:Syracuse University is honoring the legacy of Dwayne Pearl Washington by establishing the Pearl Washington Endowed Fund for Continuing Education. The school has set a goal to raise $1 million to endow the fund.TIP INS:Monmouth: Chris Brady has played in every game since he arrived on the Monmouth campus. Fridays matchup was his 104th..Brady was averaging 15.5 points a game but scored just four on 2-of-6 shooting. .Justin Robinson was just 4-of-16 and 1-of-10 from the 3.Micah Seaborn was 3-of-13.For the first time in program history the Hawks received preseason votes in the Top 25. The Hawks returned 88.7 percent of its scoring from a year ago.Syracuse: Tyler Lydon, who appeared to be out of slump in Syracuses last game against Holy Cross, reverted to his early-season shooting woes. He was just 2-of-9. But he had seven rebounds and four blocks.DaJuan Coleman and Tyler Roberson had several good-looking outside shots.BIG PICTUREMonmouth: The Hawks followed up a heartbreaking loss at South Carolina with a poor performance Friday but should be able to right the ship against Cornell.Syracuse: This was the biggest test for the Orange so far and Syracuse passed with flying colors.UP NEXTMonmouth returns home to face Cornell on Tuesday night.Syracuse continues its homestand Tuesday night against South Carolina State.---More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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