Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after appearing to lose consciousness after a frightening collision with David Backes of the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Backes looked shaken up emotionally (and possibly physically, as well) as both teams immediately looked concerned for Sabourin’s well-being. Fans in Boston were also clearly shaken up by the moment, as well.
Recent updates provide relatively optimistic news. Sabourin, 27, gave a “thumbs up” gesture while leaving the ice, and Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston passed along a note that Sabourin was responsive and showed movement in his extremities.
Senators forward Logan Brown is also done for Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury.
“He was conscious leaving. I don’t know the exact injury,” said Senators coach D.J. Smith. “They’re going to keep him overnight, but he was conscious and speaking. We’ll know (Sunday).”
Sabourin posted this message to his Instagram account after the game: