OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators centre Dean McAmmond left Tuesday night's exhibition game against Philadelphia early in the second period with a concussion after a hit by Flyers rookie Steve Downie.
The scary incident took place at 2:39 of the second on a play that sparked a melee and left the veteran needing to be taken from the ice on a stretcher.
Moments after Downie had been checked into the glass by Ottawa's Christoph Schubert in the Senators' zone, Downie skated the length of the ice and took a run at McAmmond, who had just released the puck while circling behind the Flyers' net and was met by Downie coming around the other side. Downie appeared to leave his feet as he flattened the veteran.
With McAmmond laying motionless on the ice, first Schubert, then Brian McGrattan jumped Downie, with Philadelphia's Jesse Boulerice joining in followed by the rest of the players.
McAmmond, who was knocked out by an elbow from Anaheim's Chris Pronger in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in June, was attended to by Senators team doctor Don Chow and paramedics before being removed via stretcher. A team spokesman said he suffered a concussion and was being taken to hospital for further examination.
Downie received a match penalty, which means he's automatically suspended indefinitely pending a review, while Boulerice and McGrattan received fighting majors. McGrattan also was given 10-minute and game misconducts.