Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/2/13

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Lars Eller #61 of the St. Louis Blues in action against The Philadelphia Flyers during their game on November 7, 2009 at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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. Team Elevator better than actual Rangers? The Verizon Center media elevator had almost as much talent as the Rangers had put on the ice at any single point in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals. Well, maybe outside that stint in the first period where the Ra...
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