UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- As he was being helped from the Nassau Coliseum ice early in the first period, injury-plagued Carlo Colaiacovo probably wanted to scream "Not again!"
After playing 22 consecutive games without suffering a significant ailment, the young defenceman is sidelined again, this time hurting his hamstring.
Stating that Colaiacovo will be re-evaluated today, coach Paul Maurice said he feels for his talented blue liner.
"He's been working hard, he's been trying to keep spirits up on the bench, he's talking to the guys ... but for the love of God, he can't stay healthy," Maurice said.
Colaiacovo was hurt when he became tangled up with one of the officials along the boards before being hit by the Islanders' Sean Bergenheim.
Colaiacovo missed the first 37 games of the season while recovering from knee surgery. His return lasted just five games before he suffered another knee injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 5, a setback that sidelined him for another nine outings.