Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/2/13
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 Rangers illegally had six skaters. Forwards Ryane Clowe (undisclosed injury, but believed to be a concussion) and Brian Boyle (leg injury) along with defenseman Marc Staal (eye injury) were in the back of the car that also included this FOXSports.com reporter, a Capitals staffer and a couple fans. Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik was also on board, but nobody seemed to notice. He's seen the press box as a healthy scratch so much that he could be mistaken for the elevator operator. There's been no clear timetable given to exactly when Clowe, Boyle or Staal might shed their suits for hockey gear during a game. Clowe, acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline, was injured in the second-to-last regular season game. Boyle hasn't played since April 16 and Staal has been out since he took a puck to the face on March 5, an injury that left Staal with blurry vision. -- A.J. Perez
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