Ilya Bryzgalov seemed to be on the right track as the Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Dallas Stars. He was trying to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, and was doing perfectly fine in that regard after stopping 28 of the 29 shots he saw.
Then Ryan Garbutt crashed the crease and took Bryzgalov along for the ride.
The Stars forward clearly makes contact with the netminder’s head, and Bryzgalov went down in a heap immediately. He seemed to be favoring his head and neck. Head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to NHL.com following the contest and gave a vague update on the situation:
He’s got an upper-body injury that we’re going to have to reassess in the morning. I’ve been upfront with you guys. I’m not being upfront now. I’ve got to keep this under wraps until we check him out a little further.
While it’s just speculation, it’s tough not to read between the lines a bit with regards to the comments Eakins made. It seems likely that if Bryzgalov was perfectly fine and had just been shaken up that the head coach would have just come right out and said that. This “take two and I’ll call you in the morning” approach points to a possible head injury.
If the Russian netminder misses any amount of time, that means that Devan Dubnyk will once again be the man for the Oilers. Which could get interesting if he manages to play well.