Blackhawks’ Connor Murphy taken off ice on stretcher after being hit into boards

On this edition of To The Point, the Hockey Night in Canada panel discusses Parker Kelly's hit that injured Connor Murphy, Darryl Sutter's relationship with Johnny Gaudreau, and the issue of penalty calls being missed.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Connor Murphy had to be taken off of the ice on a stretcher during Saturday’s game after he was hit into the boards by Ottawa Senators forward Parker Kelly.

The incident occurred just 2:40 into the game when Murphy was playing the puck in the Senators’ zone. Kelly pushed Murphy from behind and into the glass, face-first. The game came to a halt as trainers attended to Murphy, who gave a thumbs-up as he was taken away on a stretcher.

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Murphy, who leads the NHL this season with 150 blocked shots, missed three games earlier in the 2021-22 season with a concussion.

Ron MacLean said during the first intermission on Hockey Night in Canada that Murphy wasn’t immediately taken to the hospital from the Canadian Tire Centre.

Kelly received a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct.

Ottawa scored short-handed on the ensuing penalty to open the scoring and made it 2-0 before the end of the first period, however, Chicago rallied with Jonathan Toews and Caleb Jones each scoring twice to lead the Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory.

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