NEW YORK -- You know it's going to be a tough night when your trainer doesn't even make it through the first period.
Ken Lowe is normally charged with taking care of injured Oilers, but yesterday they were all coming over to see if there was anything they could do for him after he fell off the Oilers bench and sprained his ankle.
"Worst (bleeping) bench in the National Hockey League," said Lowe, his ankle resting on a chair in a plastic cast. "It's wide at one end and then it comes to a point at the other."
Lowe was heading from the wide end to the narrow end late in the first period to check up on Steve Staios, grimacing in pain after taking a shot on the inside of the elbow, when he took a tumble.
"As I went down my foot went over on me," said Lowe, who initially thought it was broken, although it's hard to diagnose yourself when you're in agony. "The other thing is, I'm trapped. The area is so small that I can't move. My legs are under me and I had to use (the sprained ankle) to try and push myself up. I thought I was going to throw up it hurt so bad."
The Rangers trainers came over to provide assistance and helped Lowe back to the dressing room. X-rays were negative, but he can't walk on it for a while.
Lowe doesn't expect to miss any time and will get his assistant to help with the legwork.