Call it injury to insult, or call it an incredible tolerance for pain.
New Jersey forward David Clarkson played in all 24 playoff games during the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup final, only to discover after the final buzzer sounded an L.A. Kings championship that he had been skating on a fractured foot.
“I had a bad foot at the beginning of the playoffs and I hurt it again at the end,” Clarkson told NJ.com Thursday. “Emotions are high during the playoffs and you can play through it, but then you realize you’re still sore a couple of weeks after it’s over.”
No offseason surgery was necessary, and Clarkson expects to be ready for training camp in mid-September as long as the players aren’t locked out by NHL owners.
A 30-gaol scorer during the regular season, Clarkson notched 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the playoffs. Each of his postseason goals was a game-winner, most memorably the one he scored in Round 2 off a costly gaffe from Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
“It was a fracture so I just stayed off it and relaxed this summer, if you can call it that,” Clarkson told the site. “You can call me a sore loser.”