Prust is gonna have MRI's tomorrow for his ribs and shoulder... If he needs shoulder surgery, do it Prust. I don't want to see that injury back next year, after your first fight!
Please, be healthy.
Doesn't even have to be a fight to hurt it again. It can just as easily be a hit or even a shot that wrecks things for him.... and us. If it's improved by surgery, you do it. He can only be a factor in our team's success when he's healthy, hope he makes the right choice.
Hockey players and athletes in "demanding sports" in general, like American football, etc are tough customers, playing through pain many others would wilt under. I myself cannot fathom just dealing with a separated shoulder or broken rib, much less play with one.
Interesting that almost none of our injured players are small, other than Gionta. Most of our injured guys, Pacioretty, Emelin, Eller, Prust, Price, White, have size & strength. Their injuries didn't happen because they're small, or because we didn't have other big guys on the ice surrounding them. They just happened... and at the worst possible time, unfortunately.
Boston had a bunch of key injuries a few weeks earlier; Ottawa had them early in the season. What does that tell you - that those teams are just as soft, but have better timing?
Our roster was decimated. Don't mistake the team you saw with the team that earned 2nd place in the EC.