March 21, 2010
Scary scene, but forward Daymond Langkow(notes) of the Calgary Flames is in good condition at a St. Paul area hospital after being struck in the back of the neck with an Ian White(notes) slap-shot in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Here's the scene, at 5:20 of the second period:
Here's how Wild beat writer Michael Russo saw the play for the Star Tribune:
As White was taking his shot, Langkow was checked in front of the net by Wild defenseman Greg Zanon(notes), fell forward and had his head bent down just as the puck was coming. It meant he was in perfect position to take the puck in the back of the neck while facing the blue line. He then fell forward, hitting his head onto the ice.
Langkow never seemed to move from his side on the ice. He was assisted by Wild doctors Sheldon Burns and Dan Peterson, both team's medical trainers and paramedics. He was removed on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
The delay was about 10 minutes, and Langkow was given a standing ovation by the capacity crowd as he was wheeled off on a stretcher. Nasty sight; glad he's OK.