Linesman taken off on stretcher during Oilers, Blue Jackets game

In a scary moment, Steve Barton needed to be stretchered off the ice after colliding with Connor McDavid.

Linesman Steve Barton had to be stretchered off the ice during the Edmonton Oilers‘ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The incident occurred five minutes into the first period after Oilers forward Connor McDavid and Blue Jackets defenceman Zachary Werenski collided at the boards near centre ice. In the aftermath of the impact, McDavid slid along the ice and took out the legs of Barton, who smacked his head on the ice and remained motionless for some time.

Barton was attended to on the ice for some time and removed on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs up as he was leaving the ice.

He went to the hospital for observation, reportedly in good spirits.

Tests came back negative and Barton flew home Wednesday morning.

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