“Obviously, it looks like
On Sunday, the
Beauchemin missed five games due to his mumps battle, admitting to close friends that the discomfort was worse than any sickness he'd ever been through.
Ducks former NHL MVP
Perry first left the team Nov. 5 with what was first called flu symptoms. Like Crosby, his case took a few days to identify. By Nov. 12, Perry's case was called the mumps.
Perry and Beauchemin underwent blood tests, but in each case it was a "viral culture" taken inside the mouth with a swab that identified the condition, Ducks team doctor Craig Milhouse said at the time.
While the NHL has since suggested that players get a mumps vaccination, the team-by-team handling of players showing mumps symptoms has been inexact.
For instance, Minnesota defenseman
Before that, several
The Blues “never had confirmed mumps,” a Blues spokesman wrote The Times in an email Sunday. In an Oct. 30 Ducks’ game at St. Louis, Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock said center
Asked what the illness was identified as, the team spokesman said it "really wasn't. At the time, we were one of the first along with Minnesota, so [it] really wasn't labeled as mumps … back then."
Crosby has missed the Penguins' last two games and is expected to be held out of the team's Monday game against Tampa Bay. The Penguins said Crosby, the team's points leader with nine goals and 26 assists, should be through the infectious stage Monday, but he practiced with the team Friday, when he was seen with the swelling on the right side of his face.
"The mumps last about a week, the contagious period is about five to seven days," Milhouse said last month in addressing Perry's case.
"It's not more serious [in adults], seems like it hits them a little harder. The body fights it off, it runs its course and it's over with."
As for the Ducks, defenseman
Etem's case emerged two weeks ago, but the Ducks are still in an incubation period.