Subban, Montreal’s star defenseman, and teammate Alexei Emelin collided in the corner along the boards. Subban was in immediate pain as he fell to the ice, grabbing his head.
“Every time the doctors rush onto the ice, we’re worried. When it takes a long time and the player ends up leaving on a stretcher, there’s always worry,” said Habs coach Michel Therrien, as per the club’s website.
“When I went to see him, he was with the doctors. I had a good talk with them and they assured me that he had movement in his extremities, which is a good thing given the circumstances.”
The Habs held on for a 3-2 victory.
#Habs Galchenyuk on seeing Subban after collision: "It's difficult to see a friend (injured) like that and the team going through it."
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to hang around in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while the Boston Bruins moved to the top of the Atlantic Division standings.
Phillip Di Giuseppe scored the winner in overtime, although the goal was subject to a review, and the Hurricanes left Boston with a 3-2 victory on Thursday. The single point puts the Bruins ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic.
It’s also an important win for Carolina considering the Detroit Red Wings — now holding down the first Wild Card spot in the East — also won Thursday.
The Hurricanes remain four points back of the Detroit. They’re also three behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final post-season spot.
At 1:30 of overtime in the Hurricanes/Bruins game, the Situation Room initiated a review under the terms of a Coach’s Challenge to review whether a Carolina player interfered with Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask prior to Phillip Di Giuseppe’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.
Here is how this game got to overtime:
Bruins’ forward David Pastrnak scoring his 10th of the season and busting the water bottle behind Cam Ward in the process with a shot to the top shelf.
Video: Sabres’ Reinhart crushed awkwardly into boards by Emelin
It’s been a physical game at times between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens.
Exhibit A: Sabres forward Sam Reinhart was crushed akwardly into the boards by Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin late in the first period and was shaken up on the play. But he did remain in the game. There was no call against Emelin for the hit.
The two teams had combined for 58 hits through two periods.
“I’m not trying to hit him up high. Most guys, I can’t even reach their heads. Just trying to do my job at the blue line, to step up and just get a piece of him. I didn’t think my elbow came up high at all.”
The Bruins earned a 1-0 overtime victory, moving into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division at 83 points.
Brad Marchand scored 10 seconds into the extra period for his 34th goal of the season.