Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth gave his teammates and fans a scare last night when he suddenly collapsed while standing alone in the crease during a game.
The incident occurred in the first period of the game against the New Jersey Devils, with the Flyers up 1-0. As the linesman was dropping the puck on one end of the ice, Neuvirth was in the opposite crease and fell backwards, slamming his head to the ice. The 29-year-old goalie appeared to be unconscious for a few seconds then did start moving his legs.
Three doctors and Flyers’ trainer Jim McCrossin darted onto the ice and after examining the goaltender, they took him off the ice on a stretcher.
The incident was almost a carbon copy to one that happened in Atlanta in 2010 when Thrashers goalie, Ondrej Pavelec, collapsed in a game without contact.
Pavelec, who had a history of concussions, missed almost two weeks while undergoing extensive tests that all came up negative. He returned to the ice and played several seasons with no recurring incidents ever happening again.
BTW, Pavelec’s incident occurred in a game against the Washington Capitals and who was the goalie for the Caps in that game? Michael Neuvirth.
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