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Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues was halted for 17 minutes early in the second period after Nashville forward Kevin Fiala suffered a nasty leg injury.
Fiala was going for the puck behind the net in the offensive zone when he got a bump from St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo just as he was losing an edge. The result was an awkward collision into the end boards at full speed.
You can’t see much from the primary camera angle. However, alternate angles give a very clear picture of the injury, and it is not pretty.
Players and fans stood in shocked silence as doctors and trainers attended to Fiala, whose face vascilated between looks of pain and fear.
Have a look if you dare:
Of course, one of the best things about hockey is respect players have for one another. That was on full display during the tense moments after Fiala’s collision, when Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko teamed up with Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson to get the stretcher out onto the ice:
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After being stretchered off the ice, Fiala was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital. He was alert and in stable condition. However, the game did not resume immediately. NHL safety regulations require an ambulance to be on hand at all times during the game. After the ambulance took Fiala to the hospital, the teams had to wait for another one to arrive before the game could restart.
The Predators responded admirably to the grim situation. P.K. Subban scored only 36 seconds after play resumed, and Nashville went on to take an otherwise excellent Game 1 by a score of 4-3.
After the game Predators coach Peter Laviolette praised the way his team handled everything.
“Our player, their player, nobody likes to see that happen at all and both teams are dealing with that,” Laviolette said. “Our guys were saying the right things. The leaders on the team were going up and down the bench and saying the right things and shortly after that we scored a goal.”
At time of writing the Predators had still not issued an update on Fiala’s condition, but he’s surely out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Hat Tip – [Sportsnet]