Erat not traveling to Anaheim after hit by Ruutu
Predators forward Martin Erat isn’t traveling to Anaheim for
Game 5, and coach Barry Trotz blames a late hit by Ducks forward
Jarkko Ruutu being looked at by the NHL.
Erat was hurt in the upper body after being hit during
Wednesday’s 6-3 loss that tied the series at 2-2.
Trotz ripped into the Ducks after Thursday’s practice.
The coach says the Ducks are whining and complaining of being
targeted. But Trotz says the Ducks had a player suspended with
Bobby Ryan sitting out Games 3 and 4. He says the hit by Ruutu, a
”five-minute player” took out a good player for Nashville.
Erat tied for a team-high with 50 points in the regular season,
and he had three points in this series after having four teeth
knocked out in Game 2.