RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Thirty-one players recorded a point in the NHL All-Star game. None of them was named Sidney Crosby.
Or Marc Savard.
Crosby is dealing with the serious effects of a concussion for the first time since the Pittsburgh Penguins captain became the face of the league in 2005. For Savard, a Boston Bruins forward, the problem is all too familiar and comes back all too often - so much so that the career of the talented playmaker is very much in doubt.
So who is to blame? That depends on who you ask. And now based on new preliminary data revealed by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman this weekend, perhaps the biggest culprit threatening the health of hockey's best players and all the rest is simply bad luck.