Wild’s Staal Suffers Concussion From Crashing Into Boards

Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 4/26/2017 – 

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards.

Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn’t damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife soon after, he apologized to her for having to wince her way through the scary sequence.

“It’s no fun to watch. She’s watched a lot of hockey over time, and I’m sure when you see your husband in that state, it can shake you up a little bit,” Staal said, reflecting on his early exit from Game 5 on Saturday against St. Louis before the Wild were eliminated from the first-round series by the Blues.

If the Wild were still alive in the playoffs, general manager Chuck Fletcher said, Staal would be out for a while. He said he was significantly improved on Tuesday from the first 24 to 48 hours that followed the hit. Staal said he’s had “one or two” concussions previously in his career.

“I’ve done a lot of sleeping, but I felt better every day, clearer every day, so I feel good,” he said.

After Staal tripped near the Blues net at the end of a breakaway, knocked off balance by defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and clipped by the skate of goalie Jake Allen, he barreled full-speed ahead into the barrier.

Staal said he initially felt some numbness in his feet, which triggered concern about back or neck trouble, but he was eventually able to get up and leave the ice with assistance before being taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

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