In a scary moment toward the end of Thursday’s Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres game, P.K. Subban was stretchered off the ice after an awkward collision with teammate Alexei Emelin.
As Subban was fighting for the puck in the corner with Marcus Foligno of the Sabres, he fell to his knees and his head collided with Emelin’s backside. Subban immediately fell to the ice, grabbing at his head/neck.
The medical staffs from both teams tended to the Subban for nearly 10 minutes before he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. On his way into the dressing room he gave the Montreal bench a thumbs up as the Bell Centre crowd chanted the Canadiens defenseman's name.
According to the Canadiens, Subban suffered neck injury and was alert and able to move his extremities. He was transported to a local hospital after the game as a precautionary measure and for further evaluation.
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“When one of your friends is like that, it’s really difficult. Even right now, you don’t have many words, you just hope he’s ok and pray for the best,” Alex Galchenyuk said afterward. “It was definitely tough. It’s a good thing there were only two minutes left. It’s a tough thing to go through and you just pray for the best. Everyone on the team is thinking about him right now and we all just hope he’s ok.”
Prior to the game, Subban was honored with the 2015-16 Jean Beliveau Trophy for his commitment to the community in the city of Montreal. He was joined at center ice by Elise Beliveau, wife of the late Canadiens legend.
UPDATE: According to the Canadiens, Subban suffered a "non-serious" neck injury and was released from hospital late Thursday night.
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