Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth collapsed during a stoppage of play in his team’s Saturday game against the New Jersey Devils and was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.
The situation in question occurred at the 7:37 mark of the first period. Neuvirth was in his crease by himself with nobody around him and then fell backwards.
Neuvirth’s eyes were open when a television camera panned onto his face and he appeared to be alert. At one point Neuvirth sat upright on the ice. He was then stretchered off to the applause of home fans at Wells Fargo Center.
Here is another angle of Neuvirth collapsing:
And check out the Philadelphia bench and how quickly the players responded:
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Rookie Anthony Stolarz jumped in net in place of Neuvirth after being recalled from the AHL on Saturday afternoon because goaltender Steve Mason was sick. Stolarz was on a bus to Wilkes-Barre when he found out he was needed in Philadelphia. After the bus arrived in Wilkes-Barre he left for Philadelphia and arrived at 6:55 p.m. for the game, which started at 7 p.m.
UPDATE: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Neuvith is awake and alert and was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital for observation. The team will provide more information Sunday.
“We got a very brief update after the first period but not a whole lot of information. Probably the best information we got, as you see on the ice, he’s responding and he’s moving and communicating with everybody out there, so I think that was the most important update we got right there while he was still on the ice,” coach Dave Hakstol said after the game, a 3-0 win by the Flyers. “Yeah, obviously you’ve seen things like that in the game but in that particular instance, I don’t know what other word than shocking at that point in time, real good credit to all the medical people. They were right on top of it, did an outstanding job, sometimes they get forgotten and they did a great job tonight.”
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