Dennis Seidenberg of the Boston Bruins elbowed Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators in the head last night, and Ryan in questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The “hit” forced Ryan out of the contest, and he did not return in time to see the end of the game.
The score of the contest was 4-2 in favor of Ottawa at the time of the play, with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.
Here’s the instance in real time.
Ryan didn’t finish the game last night and didn’t take part in Ottawa’s optional morning skate today. He spoke to James Gordon of Senators Extra this morning about how he was feeling following the hit to the head:
We weren’t sure, coming into the rink this morning, if (he’d be able to participate) and I spent quite a bit of time in the other room just kind of loosening things up and getting moving, but I felt a lot better today than I did last night, that’s for sure.
According to Gordon’s report, Ryan was feeling “some stiffness in his back, shoulders and neck, but he wasn’t having any issues with his head.” At this juncture, that’s good news for the Senators. After acquiring Ryan over the summer, he’s been every bit as good as advertised for the Sens.
He has 10 goals and 10 assists through 19 games, and any time without him will be a tough hole for Ottawa to fill. After Sunday’s matinee with the Jackets, they won’t play again until Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s the first contest in a back-to-back set, with the Minnesota Wild up on Wednesday.