Ear to the glass: Living with loss

We asked players and coaches how they cope when stars fall victim to the injury bug

Updated: November 6, 2009, 4:39 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine
Gonchar, Ovechkin, & SavardUS Presswire/Getty Images/AP PhotoInjuries have tripped up stars like Sergei Gonchar, Alex Ovechkin and Marc Savard.

In this year's NHL landscape, the injury bug looks like Mothra, and it's been a particular scourge to superstars. Five of last year's top 15 point scorers are currently sidelined with injuries (Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marc Savard and Daniel Sedin). With so much talent taken off the ice, we wanted to examine the ripple effect of injuries, so we surveyed the teams affected to ask what's missing and how they make up for it on the ice, on the chalkboard and beyond.

To see the responses from Henrik Sedin, Marco Sturm, Mike Green and coaches from the Bruins, Penguins and Devils, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Lindsay Berra is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.