Minnesota Wild announced that defenseman Keith Ballard has been hospitalized after being slammed awkwardly into the glass and boards between the two benches by the New York Islanders’ Matt Martin. The incident occurred midway through the second period.
Ballard collapsed to the ice after the hit, but was eventually able to skate off with the help of the trainers. He remained conscious in the hospital.
Martin wasn’t penalized for his actions, perhaps because Ballard appeared to turn to avoid the hit, which might have ended up making the impact worse than it otherwise would have been. That being said, just because a play isn’t penalized doesn’t rule out the possibility of the league taking action should it feel it’s appropriate.
You can see what happened below:
Martin and Kyle Brodziak fought shortly after the incident: