Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros suffered a concussion during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr on Tuesday night in a season-opening game.
Parros was taken off the ice on a stretcher and to a local hospital. Tests indicated that Parros had no additional injuries, TVA Sports reported.
The incident occurred in the third period of the Canadiens' 4-3 victory in Montreal. Parros fell face-first onto the ice and lay motionless for several minutes before he was carted off by medical personnel.
When he arrived at the hospital, he was reported to be awake and alert. Later, he tweeted, "Thanks for all the well wishes everyone."
Orr and Parros have a history of engaging in fights. The two have gone at it several times during the past few seasons. Two years ago, Orr sustained a concussion in a run-in with Parros that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old Parros is in his first season with the Canadiens after one season with the Florida Panthers and the previous six years with the Anaheim Ducks.
---The Pittsburgh Penguins don't expect goaltender Tomas Vokoun to be back for three to six months, general manager Ray Shero said Wednesday.
Vokoun is recovering from a blood clot that was removed from his pelvis last month at the start of training camp.
Shero has no immediate plans to bring in another goalie. He will give Jeff Zatkoff the opportunity to back up starter Marc-Andre Fleury this season.
The 26-year-old Zatkoff has no NHL experience but has played well for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League.
The blood clot was discovered in the 37-year-old Vokoun after a September practice. He was rushed to a hospital and underwent a procedure to dissolve the clot.
Vokoun came in last season as the backup to Fleury and took over as starter in the playoffs when Fleury struggled.
---Martin Brodeur's streak of starting 18 consecutive season openers for the same franchise will end Thursday when the New Jersey Devils face the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Cory Schneider will take Brodeur's place in goal for the game in Pittsburgh, bringing an end to Brodeur's NHL record streak that began with the 1994-95 season. The last goalie other than Brodeur to start the Devils' opener was Chris Terreri on Oct. 6, 1993.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer originally planned to start Brodeur in the team's opener, but the veteran netminder's father died in Montreal last week and he spent some time away from the club. Brodeur missed New Jersey's final preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers to attend the funeral.
Brodeur is expected to get the start in the Devils' home opener Friday.
Schneider, 27, came to the Devils in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks during the NHL Draft in June. In four preseason games, he posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.30 goals-against average and a .988 saves percentage with one shutout.