NEW YORK – We might have an Avalanche player back on the injured list.
Joonas Donskoi took a huge hit late in the first period from New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren and had to leave the game. While Donskoi skated on his own, he did need some assistance from Avs trainer Matt Sokolowski. Donskoi appeared to take the brunt of the hit to the head.
Donskoi’s head did snap back a bit before he fell to the ice. He did not return to the game when play resumed in the second period. Whether Donskoi suffered a concussion or not, he almost certainly went through a concussion protocol in the arena. NHL teams must have a “quiet room” for players suspected of suffering a concussion.
Was the hit dirty or not? Well, it wasn’t assessed a penalty by referees. The only power play that came out of the situation, in fact, was for the Rangers, as Nazem Kadri received an instigator penalty for going right after LIndgren (and beating him to a pulp).
We’ll update this story as any information comes in.
Here is some video of the hit:
Nazem Kadri drops the gloves with Ryan Lindgren after Lindgren levels Joonas Donskoi pic.twitter.com/T81JLvKEKd
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 8, 2020