In a battle of the unbeatens, the San Jose Sharks stayed perfect as they handed the St.Louis Blues their first loss of the season. However, the win still came at a cost for the Sharks.
In the first period, Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was taken off the ice via stretcher due to a serious head injury. According to ESPN,
Boyle was taken off on a stretcher early in the first period after being pushed face-first into the glass by the Blues’ Maxim Lapierre, who was ejected from the game for checking from behind.
However, it looks like Boyle won’t be in the hospital too long, and that he’ll be back in San Jose in no time.
A Sharks spokesperson said Boyle was alert and responsive on the way to the hospital. Boyle will be kept overnight for observation.
A team spokesman later told the San Jose Mercury News that Boyle was set to be released Wednesday morning and fly to San Jose with a staff member, although he might rejoin the Sharks in Dallas, where they play Thursday night.
Boyle’s teammate, Joe Thorton, had some words to say about what happened Tuesday night, and I think he speaks for everyone when he says,
Your heart kind of drops, it’s tough seeing a teammate go down like that. We had to give a good effort for Dan tonight. I’ve never seen that before, you’re just kind of sitting on the bench hoping Dan is OK. It takes a while to kind of get back focused again.