Eric Staal released from hospital after scary fall (Update)
Update: Good news for Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild; the forward was released from the hospital on Saturday night, as the team announced.
Trainers helped Eric Staal off the ice during the second period of Saturday’s Blues - Wild game, and it didn’t look good.
He was tripped up by Jake Allen (inadvertently) while going in for a scoring chance and was unable to brace himself as he went head-first into the boards. Staal clearly looked woozy as he took quite a bit of time leaving for the locker room.
(It’s promising that he left the ice with help rather than going out on a stretcher, though there were moments where his difficulty moving made you wonder if that might have been a safer choice.)
You can see it in video form above.
Update: The Wild announced that he’s been hospitalized but is alert and stable.