Blue Jackets’ Foligno on IR after headshot from Malone

Watch as Brad Malone catches Nick Foligno with a head shot just behind the play, leaving the Blue Jackets captain very groggy after spending some time on the ice.

The Columbus Blue Jackets placed Nick Foligno on injured reserve Saturday after being struck by a blindside hit during Friday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The incident saw Columbus’ captain clipped by Brad Malone early in the third period. He fell to the ice immediately and stayed down, after which he went straight to the locker room. (See video, above.)

The team says he will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper-body injury. Foligno, 28, has six goals and 19 assists in 39 games this season.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Saturday there would be no supplemental discipline handed out to Malone.

Also on Saturday, Columbus called up left winger Kerby Rychel from AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters on an emergency basis.

Rychel, 21, has played 11 games with the Blue Jackets this season, registering three assists.

The Blue Jackets lost the game 4-1, with Foligno assisting on the team’s only goal. They face the Hurricanes again Saturday night for the second half of their home-and-home series.

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