Eller (concussion/facial fractures) visits Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller is making progress after his scary open-ice hit by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

He has been released from the hospital and was feeling well enough to visit the Canadiens, according the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

“It was nice to see him,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

“He looks good,” Therrien stopped mid-word and repeated that. After some brief laughter he added, “He did look better before, but it was just nice to see him. You could tell our guys care about him and he’s such a good kid.”

Eller needed to be placed on a stretcher after he fell face-first on the ice. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and facial fractures.

The incident resulted in Gryba being handed a two-game suspension, although not everyone agreed with the decision.

It has also sparked a war of words between Montreal and Ottawa.

With the series tied, Game 3 will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be on NBCSN.

Habs’ Eller released from hospital; suffered concussion, facial fractures

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Some good news out of Montreal on Friday morning as Habs forward Lars Eller was released from hospital after an overnight stay.

Eller, 23, was rushed to Montreal General Hospital last night after absorbing a big hit from Ottawa’s Eric Gryba during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

The Danish forward landed face-first on the ice and a pool of blood quickly formed around his head.

He was carted out of the Bell Center on a stretcher and quickly dispatched to hospital, where he was treated for a concussion and facial fractures.

According to NHL.com’s Arpon Basu, Eller also lost consciousness and teeth in the collision.

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Video: Neal gets hat trick in return from concussion

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From a standings perspective, Pittsburgh’s 8-3 victory against Carolina was meaningless, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t noteworthy for other reasons.

Penguins forward James Neal returned from a concussion tonight after missing roughly three weeks. He ended up finding the back of the net three times and recording an assist in his return.

You can watch his heroics below:

It certainly looks like he’s ready for the Penguins’ postseason opener, although it’s worth adding that he was eased into the lineup with 13:08 minutes of ice time.

Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin also returned after missing about a month with a hand injury. He logged 23:31 minutes and recorded two assists.

Anisimov (concussion) returns to Columbus lineup tonight

Columbus is going into their final game of the season a bit more loaded up front.

Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports center Artem Anisimov will return to the lineup on the fourth line against Nashville tonight. Anisimov will lineup with Jared Boll and Derek MacKenzie at least to start off. He has missed the last five games with concussion-like symptoms.

This season, Anisimov has been one of the more steady players for the Blue Jackets ranking third on the team in goals with 11. His 18 points are good for fifth on the team in scoring. If Columbus is able to finish the job and make the postseason, Anisimov’s help will be much needed against either Anaheim or Chicago. For now, having him against Chris Mason and the Predators tonight makes him a sight for sore eyes.

‘Canes shut down Semin (concussion) for season

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Carolina forward Alex Semin will miss the remaining two games of the regular season with a concussion, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer.

It’s unclear exactly when Semin suffered the injury. He played a whopping 23:10 in a shootout win over the Islanders on Tuesday and, yesterday, head coach Kirk Muller said Semin was “OK” after missing the team skate.

The concussion is a tough end to an otherwise great campaign from the 29-year-old forward.

Semin racked up 12G-31A-44PTS in 44 games in his first year in Carolina and averaged over 20 minutes per game.

His solid play resulted in a five-year, $35 million contract extension from the ‘Canes, who were no doubt pleased with the chemistry Semin showed on the top line with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty.

Update: Carolina has confirmed the concussion diagnosis and that Semin will miss the final two games of the year.