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McDavid was ‘shocked’ to be removed from the ice and put into concussion protocol

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Connor McDavid went through the NHL’s concussion protocol during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after a spotter had the Oilers captain removed from the game.

That, according to McDavid, was a surprising development because, he said, he felt fine.

McDavid was tripped during the second period. As he fell to the ice, McDavid smacked his face on the ice and was in discomfort as he got up. Shortly after, he was removed from the game and put through protocol. He did return for the third period, but the Oilers lost in overtime.

“Yeah, I was pretty shocked, to be honest,” said McDavid.

“I hit my mouth on the ice. You reach up and grab your mouth when you get hit in the mouth. I think that’s a pretty normal thing. Obviously the spotter knew how I was feeling.

“Sh***y time of the game, too, I guess. It’s a little bit of a partial five-on-three and a power play late in the second period where if you capitalize, it could change the game.”

True. Because the Oilers did get a brief five-on-three in that second period, with the game tied at a goal apiece.

But the potential threat of a concussion to any player, not just its young star and top point producer, is something the league must take seriously, especially given the complex nature of such injuries.

“I don’t write the rules,” said coach Todd McLellan.

“We abide by them. It’s compounded when you have a five-on-three and you lose arguably one of the best players in the world. For me, I understand and I get and I support the attention that’s being paid to head injuries. It’s … sometimes it’s the inconsistency that’s a little bit frustrating. Ryan Kesler went down the other day and he went down pretty hard. No one wants to see that, even with an opponent, but there wasn’t a call from anywhere. But it’s there for a reason and we have to live with it.”

Report: Connor McDavid undergoing concussion protocol (Updated)

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Connor McDavid is going through the league’s concussion protocol, according to multiple reports during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

Per Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, McDavid was ordered to undergo the protocol after falling to the ice when he got tangled up with Jared Spurgeon. As McDavid fell to the ice, his face hit hard and he appeared in immediate discomfort.

McDavid held the NHL lead with 34 points in 26 games coming into Sunday’s contest.

Updated: McDavid has returned to the Oilers bench to begin the third period.

Sharp placed on IR with concussion symptoms

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The Dallas Stars wrap up a four-game road trip tonight against the Colorado Avalanche, but they will be without forward Patrick Sharp.

It’s unknown when, exactly, he’ll be back in the lineup.

On Saturday, the Stars placed Sharp on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 1 with concussions symptoms.

“He has concussion symptoms. We don’t know if it is related to the last one,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He’s going to be evaluated, and obviously he is going to be out. It’s something he missed a lot of time with and something we want to be really careful with.”

Per the Dallas Morning News, Sharp must be out at least seven days, but it’s almost impossible to put a timeline on concussions given their complex nature.

Sharp has already missed time this season — 14 games to be specific — with a concussion he suffered in October.

“Most injuries you can circle a date, but the injury I suffered was a day-to-day thing I thought I had experienced in the past, but never quite like this,” Sharp said recently.

“The type of injury that I had, you hear some scary stories from around the league. … I’m thankful I was able to come out of it and feel healthy and strong.”

Bruins announce John-Michael Liles out indefinitely with concussion

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The Boston Bruins will be without John-Michael Liles for an extended period of time after the defenseman was diagnosed with a concussion.

The team announced the news on Tuesday evening just before their game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Liles was injured in Boston’s win over the Tampa Bay Lighting on Sunday when he tripped over the stick of goaltender Ben Bishop and fell head first into the boards. He did not return to the game.

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Concussions are never a good thing, but what makes it especially concerning for Liles is he has a history of them throughout his career. He missed time during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons due to concussions.

Acquired by the Bruins at the trade deadline a year ago, Liles re-signed with the team over the summer on a one-year, $2 million contract.

He has appeared in 22 games this season mostly playing on the Bruins’ third defensive pairing alongside Colin Miller. He has five assists on the season while averaging just a little more than 16 minutes of ice-time per game.

The Bruins are also without defenseman Zdeno Chara on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. He has not played since Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Blues. With Chara and Liles sidelined it leaves an already thin Bruins defense even more shorthanded.

‘Canes put Staal on IR with concussion, no timetable for return

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Things had been going Carolina’s way lately — the ‘Canes were 6-2-0 in their last eight, and rallied to beat the Panthers on Sunday night — but that all changed on Monday, as GM Ron Francis announced Jordan Staal had suffered a concussion.

Per the Raleigh News & Observer, there is no timetable for Staal’s return.

Staal suffered the concussion early in the first period of yesterday’s game, and didn’t return. It was a big hole to fill for the ‘Canes — and it will be, for the foreseeable future.

The 28-year-old has a pretty big role in Carolina, and is the club’s top defensive center. He averages a healthy 18:29 TOI per game, and is one of the club’s best faceoff men, winning draws at a 60 percent clip.

Last year, Staal scored 20 goals for the first time since being acquired by the ‘Canes. He was off to a modest offensive start this year, with five goals and nine points through 21 contests.

The next few weeks could be crucial for the ‘Canes, as they adjust to life without No. 11 while trying to climb back into playoff positioning.

It’s expected that Teuvo Teravainen and/or Elias Lindholm will get minutes down the middle with Staal out, as could rookie Sebastian Aho. Whether or not they can fill all the holes remains to be seen — Staal featured prominently on the penalty kill, and mans the power play — but head coach Bill Peters doesn’t have a ton of options at his disposal.

Carolina did recall Phil Di Giuseppe from AHL Charlotte on Monday. He’s proven to be a fairly effective offensive producer in the past — in his rookie year, he scored seven goals and 17 points in 41 games.