P.K. Subban's freak injury leaves fans, teammates shaken
Star defenceman taken off ice on stretcher nearly 10 minutes after colliding with teammate
Fans of P.K. Subban are expressing relief the Canadiens star defenceman will be OK following a freak injury during last night's game in Montreal.
The NHL team announced Friday he had been released from hospital with a non-serious neck injury.
After comprehensive testing, P.K. Subban was released from the Montreal General Hospital late last night.—@CanadiensMTL
A few hours later, Subban sent out a tweet thanking fans for their support.
Feeling good, and feeling the love. Thanks for all the support!!—@PKSubban1
The star defenceman was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he fell in the corner and then collided with teammate Alexei Emelin late in Thursday night's game against Buffalo that the Habs won 3-2.
Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner for the league's best defenceman, was nearly motionless on the ice for about 10 minutes while doctors and trainers tended to him.
Broadcaster and former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes later tweeted late Thursday that Subban would be all right.
I've spoken to a Member of the Subban Family,fortunately they confirmed PK will be okay and is under observation.<a href="https://twitter.com/NHL">@NHL</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NHLNetwork">@NHLNetwork</a>.—@KevinWeekes
Captain Max Pacioretty, who had a scary moment of his own back in 2011 when he was hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara, said it was worrying to see "that many trainers and doctors on the ice."
"Nobody knew exactly what happened," Pacioretty said after the game.
"That was the scariest part for me. It looked like a nothing play. It was impossible to concentrate after that."
Subban down. Bell centre crowd silently stunned & looking on at he's put on the stretcher <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Habs?src=hash">#Habs</a> <a href="https://t.co/adEYtqBKy3">pic.twitter.com/adEYtqBKy3</a>—@DGelevan
waking up this morning to find out that Subban got injured isn't how I wanted to start my morning😅😅—@thorpetho
Despite assurances Subban would likely recover, many said they were still shaken.
Just saw the PK Subban injury. I hope he's ok and recovers quickly. Scary. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Canadiens?src=hash">#Canadiens</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PKSubban?src=hash">#PKSubban</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LeHabitants?src=hash">#LeHabitants</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHL?src=hash">#NHL</a>—@masher2112
Re-watching the play of subban gives me still the chills—@EneaBrandonenea
With files from The Canadian Press