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Staal Injured After Crashing Into Boards

File photo of Wild Forward Eric Staal. Photo: Associated Press
File photo of Wild Forward Eric Staal.

April 22, 2017 11:41 PM

11:40 p.m. update: The Wild posted a tweet saying Eric Staal has been released from Regions Hospital.  No further details were given.


Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has left Game 5 of the playoff series against St. Louis following a head-first crash into the boards.

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The Wild announced that Staal is alert and stable and has been taken to Regions Hospital for further observation. 

During a 4-on-4 situation in the second period, Staal sent a breakaway shot at the net before tripping on Blues goalie Jake Allen's skate after initial contact with defenseman Carl Gunnarsson knocked him off balance. Staal slid hard and horizontally into the boards.

Play was stopped with 6:07 remaining until the intermission, and Staal was down for several minutes before slowly climbing to his feet. He was visibly dazed as he was helped to the locker room, while the crowd booed the absence of a penalty.

Staal was playing on Minnesota's first line between Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter.

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