BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville was carted off on a stretcher after being hit into the boards from behind by Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in the first period of Monday night's game.
The Sabres said Pominville sustained a concussion, and was diagnosed in the building without going to a hospital.
With 5:42 remaining in the opening period, Pominville was skating toward the puck near the right boards in the Buffalo zone 20 feet inside the blue line when Hjalmarsson sent him flying into the boards, causing his head to hit the glass violently.
For 15 minutes Pominville didn't move while on his back on the ice as emergency medical personnel and Sabres trainers slipped a flat board underneath him to get him on the stretcher, and his head and neck were stabilized. While he was wheeled off he was alert, moved his right arm and was seen talking.
Hjalmarsson was given a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct on the play.
Pominville entered the game as the team's active leader in consecutive games played with 335.