Scott Hartnell has embraced the hashtag #HartnellDown on Twitter and through charitable efforts stretching back even to his Flyers days. Monday presented a moment that wasn’t so much amusing as it was frightening as far as Hartnell going down is concerned.
He tried to beat Antti Raanta after getting a little room early in the first period of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ home game against the New York Rangers but eventually ran out of space. After that, he crashed hard into the boards and clearly looked shaken up.
To his credit, he returned to the ice shortly afterward, so he might be OK (he appeared to be testing his shoulder after a trip to the dressing room).
It’s possible that an injury did happen, however, so we’ll see as the game goes along.