GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata had just taken the ninth day of a 10-day penicillin regimen when the allergic reaction began. It was March 14, the first day of the Coyotes four-game road trip in Vancouver.
It was bad enough that Vrbata suffered through a painful and migrating rash that was exacerbated by perspiration and the lack of ventilation caused by his hockey equipment. But that wasnt the worst of it.
You wake up and you cant squeeze anything, said Vrbata, who experienced agonizing joint pain, swelling and severe cramps that forced him to miss five games. Your fist or your shoulder hurts, or your groin. It would feel good one day; the next you wake up with so much pain, and you dont know where it came from or how to get rid of it.
Vrbata wasnt 100 percent on Thursday when the Coyotes took the ice, but he took the ice nonetheless.
The Coyotes are happy he did.
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