A thunderous boom drowned out the crowd noise in Nashville and Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Cody Franson lay face down on the ice in a pool of blood. 

He had just been drilled into the stanchion — luckily for him it was rounded glass — on a hit-from-behind by Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher in the third period of Toronto's 4-0 win Thursday night. 

Fisher was dealt a five-minute major and a game misconduct while Franson was forced out of the game with a bloody towel draped over his face and the trainer escorting him to the dressing room. 

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said after the game the blue-liner's visor cut his nose on the play, but there were no further updates immediately available. 

The hit invoked memories of a similar incident involving Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who was levelled into the stanchion by Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara a couple of seasons ago. Pacioretty suffered a broken vertebrae on the play.

Watch the video of the hit on Franson above to see more. What do you think? What should the NHL do with Fisher? 

Storify by Jesilou Tongio