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BOSTON — Ottawa forward Scott Sabourin is being kept overnight at a hospital after being taken off the ice on a stretcher with his head immobilized following a collision with Boston forward David Backes early in the first period of Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

Senators coach D.J. Smith said the team would know more about the nature and extent of Sabourin’s injury on Sunday. During the game, the team sent an update on its Twitter feed that Sabourin was conscious and speaking with the attending doctors while leaving the arena.

He gave the crowd a brief “thumbs up” as he was leaving the ice.

NEW YORK — Wholesale Calgary Flames Jerseys forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for roughing Wholesale Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys forward Kole Sherwood during Saturday’s game.

The league announced Lucic’s punishment Sunday.

The incident happened five minutes into the second period of Calgary’s 3-0 win. Lucic punched Sherwood behind the Flames net, knocking him to the ice, after Sherwood had poked at Calgary goaltender David Rittich’s pads and received a slashing minor.

Lucic was assessed two minor penalties for roughing. Sherwood left the game but later returned.

The league said in an explanatory video that Lucic’s history of “recent and similar punches” warranted the suspension. He has been fined once and suspended once for punching other opponents since 2016.

In his first season with Calgary, Lucic has three assists and 30 penalty minutes over 16 games.

Senators right wing Scott Sabourin is attended to after he was injured in a collision with Boston’s David Backes in the first period on Saturday. Sabourin was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Sabourin had skated up to make a hit on Backes when the players’ helmets collided. Sabourin immediately fell to the ice, appearing to be unconscious, and he lay motionless for a brief period.

Medical staff from both teams rushed to Sabourin, and a Bruins trainer quickly signaled for a stretcher. There was a large blood spot on the ice under Sabourin’s face.

TV cameras showed Backes visibly upset, looking as if he was fighting back tears as he watched medical personnel attend to Sabourin. An Ottawa player could be seen consoling Backes, putting his glove on his shoulder. Most of the players on both teams took knees in front their benches and skated over to Sabourin when he was finally put on the stretcher after a delay that lasted about 10 minutes.

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Wholesale Ottawa Senators Jerseys say forward Scott Sabourin has a fractured nose and is expected to be released from the hospital later Sunday, a day after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during a game in Boston.

Sabourin was taken from the ice with his head immobilized following a collision with David Backes in which the players’ helmets hit at nearly full speed early in the first period of Boston’s 5-2 win on Saturday night.

Sabourin gave the crowd a “thumbs up” as he was taken from the arena.

The 27-year-old Sabourin posted a photo to his Instagram on Sunday morning of him in a hospital bed while smiling with a chipped tooth, a black eye and a few cuts around his face.

“Thanks for all the well wishes. Hope to be back out on the ice in the near future,” Sabourin wrote with the post.

After colliding with Backes, Sabourin fell to the ice and appeared to be unconscious. There was a large blood spot on the ice under his face.

Backes went to the dressing room after Sabourin was taken from the ice, and didn’t return. The Bruins announced that Backes had an upper-body injury. He was visibly upset, fighting back tears, as medical personnel attended to Sabourin.

Sabourin has played in 11 Wholesale NHL Jerseys games, all this season, with one goal and one assist.

Fans gave Sabourin a loud ovation when he was taken from the ice. Backes went to the dressing room after Sabourin was wheeled off.

The Bruins announced in the second period that Backes had an upper-body injury and would not return.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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