Downie had the puck in the Philadelphia end when he was hit in his head by Emelin. Downie remained down on the ice while play went the other way. Downie eventually got to his feet and skated off slowly with Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin walking next to him.
Emelin was assessed a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct at 16:15 of the second.
Downie missed two weeks with a concussion sustained during a fight in a game Nov. 1 against the Washington Capitals.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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