Columbus forward Nick Foligno was taken off the ice on a stretcher after colliding with a linesman midway through the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 5-2 loss to the L.A. Kings on Sunday.
Foligno was in a footrace through the neutral zone when he was checked head-first into the backside of linesman Shane Heyer, who was sitting on the ledge of the bench as he tried to avoid contact.
The incident looked harmless enough, but Foligno went down and remained on the ice for several minutes as fans and players looked on. Foligno flashed a thumbs up as he was being wheeled off the ice, and a tweet from the Blue Jackets’ twitter account said he was alert and being monitored by the Kings’ medical staff.
An in-game report from Fox Sports said Foligno was to undergo precautionary X-rays, but the expectation was that the injury was not serious.