April 14, 2024

There was a scary second throughout Thursday’s Carolina Hurricanes-New Jersey Devils sport, as Devils head coach Lindy Ruff took a puck to the pinnacle.

Ruff, 63, suffered the harm within the second interval and missed the third.

With about six-and-a-half minutes to go within the second body, a member of the Hurricanes appeared to be getting the puck out of Carolina’s personal zone, however it headed proper towards the bench, aiming proper for Ruff.

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Head coach Lindy Ruff (R) of the New Jersey Devils prepares for his sport in opposition to the Dallas Stars at Prudential Heart on January 20, 2024, in Newark, New Jersey.  (Bruce Bennett/Getty Pictures)

The printed mentioned the puck hit Ruff on the facet of the pinnacle. He was tended to trainers, who seemed like they needed to maintain Ruff upright on the bench.

Devils affiliate coach Travis Inexperienced mentioned Ruff was feeling “somewhat higher” after the sport.

“Simply wasn’t feeling proper,” Inexperienced mentioned. However the enchancment was “nice to see.”

“You by no means prefer to see what occurred on the market,” Inexperienced added. “Clearly, it occurs from time to time.”

Whereas followers are shielded from pucks, gamers and no matter else can fly into the stands, the benches don’t have glass boards, due to fast line adjustments throughout motion.

The workforce mentioned Friday afternoon that Ruff wouldn’t be on the ice for his or her apply Friday as a precaution.

New Jersey Devils head coach Lindy Ruff appears on throughout the second interval of their NHL sport in opposition to the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Area on December 5, 2023, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Derek Cain/Getty Pictures)

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Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rob Ray was bloodied after taking a direct shot by a puck whereas reporting on the ice stage final month.

New Jersey misplaced, 3-2, in a rematch of final yr’s Jap Convention semifinal matchup.

Ruff took over the Devils in 2020, and it’s been a love-hate relationship with him since. In his second season, chants of “Hearth Lindy” rang all through Prudential Heart, however within the midst of their 13-game profitable streak final yr, those self same followers chanted, “Sorry Lindy.”

Lindy Ruff with Devils

New Jersey Devils head coach Lindy Ruff and New Jersey Devils affiliate coach Andrew Brunette behind the bench in opposition to the Boston Bruins on October 3, 2022, on the Prudential Heart in Newark, New Jersey.   (Wealthy Graessle/Getty Pictures)

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The Devils have been hit with accidents all season, together with to their phenom in Jack Hughes, however Ruff is again on the followers’ unhealthy facet with their 24-19-3 document that at present leaves them out of the playoffs.

Nonetheless, his 858 wins with the Devils, Sabres and Blue Jackets are the fourth-most in NHL historical past.

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