It looked like your typical contact between a forward chipping the puck in deep and a defenseman trying to slow him down, but the hit Reid Boucher laid on Marc Staal as he was trying to battle his way past the New York Rangers defenseman could have terrible consequences.
Staal would leave the game after the third period hit amid fears he'd suffered another concussion:
Said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault afterward: "He took a shoulder to the chin and didn't feel quite right so they are evaluating him now and we'll have an update tomorrow."
As Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote, it's another matter of bad luck for Staal. You'll remember he missed two months at the end of the 2013 regular season after taking a puck to the eye before playing one game in their series against the Boston Bruins. He also missed 36 games in 2010-11 after suffering a concussion from a hit by brother Eric.
Having been named to Team Canada's orientation camp in August, Staal is in the mix to head to Sochi in February. His name has been on some projections a month away from the final roster being announced, but if another concussion is the diagnosis, which we'll likely learn before the Rangers play Washington Sunday night, that would likely put and to his Olympic dreams.
UPDATE: According to the Rangers, Staal is dealing with "symptoms," but there was no specifying whether or not they are concussion-related. Vigneault said he's also dealing with "neck issues."
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