New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe left Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers and did not return for the third period, the club announced via Twitter.
Clowe, who missed 32 games this season with a concussion, was rattled by Howden with 1:09 remaining in the second and the Devils holding a 4-3 lead. He appeared dazed by the hit while being looked over by trainers.
Clowe was having his most productive offensive game as a Devil with one goal and three points. In his absence, Devils coach Peter DeBoer has reinserted Tuomo Ruutu on the top line alongside center Travis Zajac and right wing Jaromir Jagr.
There was no update on Clowe following the game, as per Mike Morreale of NHL.com.
Click here for a link to see the hit from Panthers’ center Quinton Howden that knocked Clowe out of the game.
The Devils defeated the Panthers by a final score of 6-3, with Zajac scoring his first career hat trick.