forward Daymond Langkow
was taken off the ice on a stretcher after taking a shot to the back of the neck early in the second period of Sunday afternoon's game with the Minnesota Wild
Langkow was tangled up with a Minnesota defender in front of the net in his offensive zone when he was hit by the shot from teammate Ian White
while going down to the ice. Trainers immediately tended to him and his Calgary teammates left the bench and gathered around. A stretcher was eventually brought out and Langkow was taken to an area hospital for observation. The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes.
While there was initially concern that Langkow couldn't move one of his legs, the Calgary Sun later reported that Langkow had feeling and movement in all of his extremities.
"It's extremely tough," said Minnesota forward Chuck Kobasew
. "You never want to see something like that happen. We all hope he's OK. The first five or six shifts after that, I think it was tough for both teams."
Moments after play resumed, White scored to bring the Flames within 3-2 of the Wild. Calgary lost to Minnesota 4-3 and remained two points behind Detroit for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Langkow, 33, has 14 goals and 36 points in 72 games this season.