The Blue Jackets have had their share of injury trouble early this season, but none scarier than seeing Nick Foligno removed from the ice at STAPLES Center on a stretcher after a high-speed collision along the Kings’ bench on Sunday afternoon.
Foligno chased down a puck in the neutral zone and was rubbed into the boards in front of the Los Angeles bench by Jeff Carter. Linesman Shane Heyer attempted to get out of the way by hopping up onto the dasher. Foligno’s head made contact with Heyer’s hip, and he was down for several minutes before a stretcher was brought out. Representatives from the Kings and Blue Jackets medical staffs immediately tended to Foligno, who gave the crowd a "thumbs up" sign as was taken off the ice for further evaluation.
Thankfully, it appears that Foligno has escaped serious injury. President of Hockey Operations John Davidson informed Fox Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer that Foligno was talking to doctors and had not been transferred to a local hospital.
Vice President of Communications Todd Sharrock echoed the good news.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said his understanding was that Foligno would be traveling home with the team, which is very good news.
The Kings scored twice more after Foligno’s departure to make a 3-2 game a 5-2 loss. Defenseman Tim Erixon, who scored his first NHL goal on a first period power play, said it was difficult to carry on with a game after witnessing the Foligno injury. Richards also recognized the difficulty of the circumstance.
“You’re concerned about the person, and the game becomes secondary,” said Richards.
Foligno has been one of the NHL’s best wingers over the Blue Jackets’ first six games with three goals and nine points in eight games, recording points in the team’s first six contests.