Last night, the New York Rangers traveled to the SAP Center in San Jose to faceoff with the San Jose Sharks. Early in the first period, Rangers left wing Rick Nash would take an elbow to the head that would eventually result in his leaving the game.
It was at 2:32 in the first when Nash took an elbow from Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart. The Sharks D-Man was given 2 minutes in the penalty box for the elbow.
Here is a look at the shot in case you missed it.
You can tell from the video that Nash was visibly shaken after the hit.
Despite all that, Nash continued to play after the elbow. The 6’4” Ontario native would play an additional 8 shifts after the hit; however, it would soon prove to be too much for him.
Nash would leave the game in the first period, and when the Rangers came to take the ice for the second 20 minutes of play, it was announced that Nash would not be returning.
This is a rather scary notion considering his history with head injuries.
Last season, Nash was forced to miss four games after taking a questionable hit from Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic.
I am sincerely hoping that Nash leaving the game is purely precautionary and that there are no underlying reasons as to why he did not return. As I have said before, head injuries are nothing to play around with and can not only ruin a career, but your quality of life as well.