Sharks forward Melker Karlsson didn't return to Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers after he needed assistance off the SAP Center ice when a slap shot hit him in the head.
The six-year NHL veteran kneeled to block Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov's shot with the Sharks on the penalty kill in the first period, and referees immediately stopped play with 7:38 remaining in the frame after the puck hit Karlsson.
Melker Karlsson taken to locker room after getting hit by a slapshot 😳 pic.twitter.com/5pUOVvcguU— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) December 29, 2019
The Sharks announced during the second period that Karlsson was being evaluated and would not play for the remainder of the night.
Per Sharks PR, Melker is "being evaluated" and won't return. #SJSharks— Chelena Goldman (@ChelenaGoldman) December 29, 2019
Karlsson, 29, has played in 37 of the Sharks' 40 games this season, scoring six points (three goals, three assists). Entering Saturday, only Barclay Goodrow (2:26) averaged more penalty-kill ice time than Karlsson (2:05), according to Natural Stat Trick.