MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens forward Aaron Downey was hospitalized Tuesday night with a severe concussion after Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr slammed his head into the boards with an open-ice check.
Downey crossed the red line with his head down and was dropped by a hard shoulder check from Regehr 3:38 into the Canadiens' 5-4 victory.
"He'll stay overnight [at Montreal General Hospital] and we'll see how he feels," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "It's a pretty bad concussion."
Downey lay motionless on the ice for a minute but was later able to get up. He looked wobbly as he was helped off the ice.
"I wanted to try to make a good clean hit on him," said Regehr, who was not penalized. "He was trying to get the red line to make a dump-in and I saw my opportunity to close in on him. I just put the shoulder to him. I hit him right on the button.
"I hope he's not hurt seriously. For me, in my position, I'm supposed to be physical. I'm pretty sure it was clean," Regehr said.