GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of the team's 2-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena. That simple fact overshadowed all else that transpired Thursday.
Columbus forward Derek MacKenzie drilled Ekman-Larsson from behind on what looked like an obvious boarding penalty in the neutral zone. Although referee Kelly Sutherland was looking right at the play, no penalty was called while teammate Keith Yandle came to Ekman-Larsson's defense by engaging MacKenzie in a fight.
Ekman-Larsson appeared to hit both his head and shoulder against the boards and skated slowly to the team bench while slumped over. He headed straight for the training room and did not return.
Coach Dave Tippett said after the game that Ekman-Larsson "looked alright" and the team is terming him day to day. But when asked if he had concerns about Ekman-Larsson being out for an extended period of time, Tippett was less definitive.