Despite their best efforts to prevent all contact to the head, the NHL can’t control everything.
Just ask Craig Anderson, who took a knee to the head from Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin during overtime of his team’s 4-3 loss. The 6-foot-4, 196-pound winger skated hard to the net after an Ottawa turnover, but in the process of skating through several defenders, he lost his balance and tripped over Anderson, who was diving forward to make a save at the time. In the midst of the fall, Nichushkin’s errant knee found the side of Anderson’s head.
Anderson immediately fell to the ice and did not move for several minutes as doctors rushed to the ice to check his neck. Fortunately, Anderson was able to wave to the crowd on his way off the ice, and was reportedly walking around following the game.
Update on Craig Anderson: He has a stiff neck and will receive further evaluation tomorrow. It is unlikely he will play Tuesday.—
Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 03, 2013
Check out video of the incident below.