A head-to-head collision between Andrew Shaw and Greg Pateryn resulted in the former having to be helped off ice in Montreal on Tuesday night.
Shaw initiated the contact, appearing to try and catch Pateryn with his head down. Shaw managed to lay the big hit, but replays showed Shaw’s head bouncing off Pateryn’s, forcing the Montreal Canadiens forward out of the game.
Here’s the footage:
“He was knocked out as soon as he hit me,” Pateryn told The Atheltic’s Arpon Basu after the game. “He knocked himself out when he hit me. I didn’t realize he was knocked out until he was on the ice and his eyes were in the back of his head. I mean, you play like that, that’s what happens sometimes.
Pateryn continued: “I’m fine, but that speaks for itself, the way he plays. That’s why he has four or five concussions a year.”
Here’s another angle of the hit, which shows the clashing of skulls:
Per Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said Shaw hadn’t been transported to hospital, but the team’s training staff were keeping a close eye on him. Julien said he wasn’t sure if Shaw was concussed on the play.
Given Shaw’s lengthy history of concussions, it’s hard to believe he wasn’t, and that’s bad news no matter how you look at it.
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The series-ending injury Montreal d-man Nathan Beaulieu suffered against Ottawa will carry over to Round 2, per TVA Sports.
Beaulieu will miss the first four games of the next round, with an upper-body injury suffered during Game 3 of the Sens series on this hit from Erik Karlsson:
Beaulieu, 22, remained in that contest but didn’t play in the third period or overtime, and missed the final three games of the series.
It’s likely that Montreal head coach Michel Therrien will continue to play Greg Pateryn on defense in place of Beaulieu, as he did for the second half of the Ottawa series. That said, Therrien has options: Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver, a pair of veterans, are currently sitting as healthy scratches and could draw in.
The Montreal Canadiens are rolling at the moment with a commanding 3-0 series lead against Ottawa, but announced some bad news on Tuesday, ruling out d-man Nathan Beaulieu for the rest of the opening round.
Beaulieu, 22, was hurt on this hit from Sens captain Erik Karlsson in Game 3:
Beaulieu remained in the contest but didn’t play in the third period or overtime.
The loss will sting Montreal a bit — Beaulieu played 15:34 and 12:47 in the first two games of the series — but the club is well equipped to deal with losing a defenseman. Sergei Gonchar, Greg Pateryn and Mike Weaver all sat out Game 3, and it looks as though Pateryn will draw in for tomorrow’s potential close-out contest.