SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster left the Shark Tank ice on a stretcher Wednesday night after running into the boards face first in a collision with San Jose rookie Torrey Mitchell.
Foster, a third-year pro with seven goals and 12 assists this season, was slightly ahead of Mitchell as they chased a puck toward the boards behind the Minnesota goal. The 5-foot-11 San Jose center put out his arms just enough to disrupt the precarious balance of the 6-foot-5 Foster, who already appeared to be falling when the players' skates collided and he went hard into the boards.
Foster remained on the ice for 12 minutes while medical personnel put a splint on Foster's leg and strapped him to a backboard. Foster was moving his head and talking to paramedics when they lifted him off the ice, and he shook hands with Sharks center Jeremy Roenick.
The Wild said Foster was taken to O'Connor Hospital in San Jose with a leg injury. The club wouldn't disclose additional details.
Mitchell got only a two-minute penalty for tripping, prompting anger from Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire.