Tuesday's showdown between the unbeaten San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues was marred when Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
Boyle was hurt in the first period when St. Louis' Maxim Lapierre hit him from behind as Boyle pursued the puck along the boards. Boyle's face hit the glass and the lip on the boards.
"Dan was alert and moving his extremities and has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation," Sharks spokesman Scott Emmert said via email.
Lapierre was ejected, and the Sharks scored twice on the five-minute power play on the way to a 6-2 win that improved their record to 6-0. The Blues fell to 4-1.
The incident occurred soon after NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan suspended Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, a repeat offender, for 10 games for a head hit.
The fact that Boyle was injured and Lapierre hit him from behind square in the numbers might mean that the Blues forward could be getting a call from Shanahan.
Lapierre has been previously suspended, for four games in March 2010 for a late hit.
To see the video, click the link below: