The Calgary Flames had some very anxious moments Sunday in their game against the Minnesota Wild.
Centre Daymond Langkow had to leave the game in the second period after being struck in the back of the neck with a puck. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and tests.
Langkow was checked from behind by Minnesota defenseman Greg Zanon and hit Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky as he lost his balance and fell forward. With Langkow's head down as he fell, Calgary defenseman Ian White
fired toward the net and hit his teammate.
Langkow was not moving as he was removed from the ice on a stretcher. The 13-year veteran remained on the ice for nearly 10 minutes before leaving.
A spokesman for the team said Langkow has movement in all his extremities and is undergoing X-rays and more tests. He was expected to stay in hospital in Minneapolis on Sunday night and return on Monday.
"It's difficult to see your teammate being taken off on a stretcher. It's hard to focus right after," defenceman Steve Staios told The Fan 960 following the game. "Positive news coming back about him which is great. Overall a difficult situation....When you see something like that it takes a little wind out of you."