Eric Staal went head-first into the boards and was shaken up. Hopefully he's ok because this looks ugly pic.twitter.com/LbaQBtZpFQ
— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) April 22, 2017
Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal is alert and stable according to the team after a horrifying head-first crash into the end boards late in the second period of Saturday’s playoff game vs. the Blues.
Staal, the older brother of Rangers defenseman Marc, was taken to Regions Hospital for further observation.He was released late Saturday night, the team announced.
During a stretch of 4-on-4 play, Staal rushed with the puck into the offensive zone and fired off a shot, and in attempting to get a rebound chance he got tangled up with Blues goaltender Jake Allen before the scary collision into the boards.
Staal held his head and was down on the ice for several minutes while he was surrounded by trainers and concerned teammates. He then sat up and eventually got up on his skates, being helped to the bench with a trainer and Ryan Suter.
The 32-year-old center enjoyed a renaissance season with the Wild, with whom he signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal in the offseason after a half-season with the Rangers, who acquired him from Carolina at last season’s trade deadline.
Staal had 28 goals and 37 assists while playing all 82 regular-season games for Minnesota. He spent his first 11-plus seasons in the NHL with the Hurricanes, helping lead them to the Stanley Cup in 2005-06.