Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves was hit directly in the ear by a Roman Josi slap shot with 2:14 remaining in the third period of Saturday night’s game against the Nashville Predators.
The 27-year-old Calgary native fell to the ice and was whisked away by stretcher. Eaves was conscious and lifted himself onto the cart before leaving the arena. No word yet on the seriousness of his injury.
Saturday night marked the first career game for the Predators’ Josi, a 21-yearold from Switzerland.
The Red Wings went on to finish the 4-1 victory.
Eaves has notched one assist and two penalty minutes in nine games this season.
After the game, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that Eaves took a shot directly in the ear and that the team would make an announcement as soon as they know more.
“Really scary play. It’s too close like that to get hit in the ear,” Babcok said. “I don’t know how the puck elevated. Obviously the guy is not trying to shoot the puck that high. I don’t know how it happened.”
“Bad luck he got it in the side of the ear,” said teammate Jakub Kindl, “so I believe he may have a little concussion, but I haven’t seen him in the locker room. I think he went to the hospital.
“Hopefully he will be OK. It’s a scary moment. You don’t want to see a teammate go down like that, especially with just two minutes left in the game. You don’t want to see anyone go down like that.”