Guess who got hurt again?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- Mathieu Roy, who can't seem to go more than one period without getting injured, lasted a full 40 minutes before Matt Cooke hit him from behind in Vancouver, knocking him from the game with a bruised sternum.

This, after shoulder, neck and concussion problems last year and this fall derailed his attempts at sticking with the big club.

"I don't believe it, either," he said. "This is the cherry on the sundae. Every time I start a game and have a chance, something happens to me. I don't know what to say about it.

"After I got hit I thought, well, my head is good, I just couldn't breathe. I guess something else is wrong."

BETTER PROTECTION

Roy needs to learn how to protect himself better, but Cooke's hit was as cheap as they come, right in the numbers, three feet from the boards.

"I knew he was coming," said Roy. "I wanted to make the play first but maybe I should have taken the hit first. I don't really know what to say about it. I'm just amazed with everything that's happened to me."

Roy feels OK, other than the obvious.

"I have some chest pains and my sternum is a little stretched out."

His status for tomorrow in Nashville depends on how things progress or deteriorate in the next two days, as well as how Joni Pitkanen's sore hip feels.

MacTavish doesn't know if the Finn will be good enough to go.

"I can't crawl into his body and tell him whether he should play or not," said MacTavish. "It's up to him."


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