Ottawa Senators rookie forward Scott Sabourin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a collision with Bruins forward David Backes during the first period of Saturday's game in Boston. Unable to brace himself as he fell, his head made direct contact with the ice. A lot of teams are built around speed, but the physical element is always going to be part of the game and nobody wants to see a repeat of what happened Saturday.
The sequence of events left many fans and players shaken up, perhaps none more so than Backes.
As the Senators all left their bench to wish Sabourin all the best when he was taken off on the stretcher, the Bruins skated over to line up with the Ottawa players. Sabourin is responsive and has movement in his extremities, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin is expected to be released from hospital Sunday after suffering a gruesome injury against the Boston Bruins.
Sabourin's already been active on social media, posting a "thank you" message to Instagram early Sunday morning while sporting a black eye and a nasty cut just below his eyebrow. "It's just an unfortunate situation".
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"There's hatred and all that, but at the end of the day we're all brothers in this game", Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki said. "That was one of the first ones, I think for me personally, I've ever been a little choked up". We all love him in here.
Sabourin hit the ice and lay motionless for an extended period of time. "It was hard to see, for sure, someone you care about being down like that - the blood and all that".
The Bruins announced in the second that Backes had an upper-body injury and would not return.
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On the year Ottawa is now 3-7-1 and has been led in points by Connor Brown, who has 10 on the season, which includes 1 goal and 9 assists. After many years in the AHL, the 27-year-old earned his spot on the Senators following an impressive training camp.