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Connor Murphy's first comments after scary injury

Published March 15, 2022 at 9:39

Saturday night in Ottawa we witnessed another instance when a stretcher was required in an NHL game, this time for Connor Murphy. In the first 5-minutes of the Senators versus Blackhawks' game, Parker Kelly caught Murphy with a check from behind that left Murphy down and unresponsive. Murphy lay motionless on the ice for a few moments before finally coming to and being removed from the ice.

Everyone's thoughts were with Murphy as he was taken off the ice. Luckily for Murphy it appears he avoided serious injury as he was never taken to local hospital and he traveled with the team immediately after the team's victory.

Before comments were available from Murphy himself these comments were shared by teammate and good friend Jake McCabe.

We've seen too many stretchers this year, it's a scary thing.

The Blackhawks have seen multiple instances when a stretcher was used to remove a teammate from the ice as earlier this season after Jujhar Khaira
was hit by Jacob Trouba and knocked unconscious.

Head coach Derek King though shared some comments from Connor Muprhy, who is still not cleared to do media availability about the incident.

Derek King: I didn't want to say, like, 'Hey, how was it, did you see the light at the end of the tunnel? How is it?' It wasn't nothing like that. It was just, ‘How did you feel?'

Connor Murphy: ‘I don't remember some things.'

Derek King: That happens. We've all been conked on the head, we've all been run over. It happens in the game. It's unfortunate that it happened to him and he'll recover. We just have to make sure when he's ready to come back, he's 100 percent and no harm.

Clearly this incident left it's mark on Murphy who is missing memories of the incident, but it sounds like he should make a full recovery pending treatment of what is likely a concussion.
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