Montreal Canadiens all-star defenseman P.K. Subban had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher on Thursday night after a scary, freak accident in which he collided with teammate Alexei Emelin.
Late in the third period of the Canadiens' 3-2 win over the Sabres, Subban went into his own corner in pursuit of Sabres forward Marcus Foligno. Subban fell and went down to his knees, then ran into the backside of Emelin. It looked innocent enough but Subban went down immediately in obvious, serious pain. Here's the play:
You can see Subban's neck snap back as he makes contact with Emelin's leg. Subban, who has never missed a game in his career due to injury, stayed down for eight minutes while trainers attended to him before being taken off on a stretcher. He could be seen giving a thumbs up as he left the ice.
The Canadiens said after the game that Subban has a neck injury and was taken to the hospital as a precaution and is moving his extremities.
The NHL is a much better place with Subban. Here's hoping he's okay, and back in the Canadiens' lineup soon.