BOSTON -- Ottawa forward Scott Sabourin is being kept overnight at a hospital after being taken off the ice on a stretcher with his head immobilized following a collision with Boston forward David Backes early in the first period of Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Bruins.
Senators coach D.J. Smith said the team would know more about the nature and extent of Sabourin's injury on Sunday. During the game, the team sent an update on its Twitter feed that Sabourin was conscious and speaking with the attending doctors while leaving the arena.
He gave the crowd a brief "thumbs up" as he was leaving the ice.
Sabourin had skated up to make a hit on Backes when the players' helmets collided. Sabourin immediately fell to the ice, appearing to be unconscious, and he lay motionless for a brief period.
Medical staff from both teams rushed to Sabourin, and a Bruins trainer quickly signaled for a stretcher. There was a large blood spot on the ice under Sabourin's face.
TV cameras showed Backes visibly upset, looking as if he was fighting back tears as he watched medical personnel attend to Sabourin. An Ottawa player could be seen consoling Backes, putting his glove on his shoulder. Most of the players on both teams took knees in front their benches and skated over to Sabourin when he was finally put on the stretcher after a delay that lasted about 10 minutes.
Fans gave Sabourin a loud ovation when he was taken from the ice. Backes went to the dressing room after Sabourin was wheeled off.
The Bruins announced in the second period that Backes had an upper-body injury and would not return.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.