Ryan Carter and Marcus Foligno motivated their respective teams on Saturday night by dropping their gloves and fighting. Carter’s teammates on the New Jersey Devils were apparently more motivated by Carter getting knocked out by Foligno than Foligno’s teammates on the Buffalo Sabers were by Foligno knocking out Carter. The Devils won 1-0 in overtime. After the game, Carter’s coach, Pete DeBoer, gave his professional medical hockey opinion on his player’s condition. From NJ.com:
“I think he’s going to be all right,” coach Pete DeBoer said of Carter. “I don’t have an update yet.”
On Sunday, DeBoer gave an update on Carter’s condition. From NJ.com:
“I saw (Carter) this morning. He looks good but he’s not ready to play,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “He got cut and when he went down he went down a little awkward, too. So there are a couple of things going on there. I would term it day-to-day. He won’t play tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
The question is, without Carter to get punched in the face, where will the New Jersey Devils find the motivation to win and move up from 9th in the Eastern Conference standings?