Lars Eller is in our thoughts.
The Montreal Canadiens center left the ice on a stretcher after taking a vicious open-ice hit by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba during Game 1 on Thursday at Verizon Center.
See the hit:
Eller was trying to accept a pass from teammate Rafael Diaz, one that was a very dangerous pass because of Eller's positioning on the ice. It left him in a vulnerable spot. Gryba's shoulder seemed to clip Eller's face and he went crashing to the ice. Eller's face seemed to hit the ice as well, leaving a pool of blood.
We was taken to a nearby hospital.
Gryba received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.
The Canadiens went on to lost Game 1, 4-2.
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