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Wild vs. Blue Jackets: NHL linesman Nelson takes a puck to the head

Jan 30, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night, however the concern was for National Hockey League linesman Thor Nelson.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted that Nelson was being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms after taking a puck to the head in the second period.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the winning goal for Minnesota with just over five minutes remaining. It also turned out to be the 100th of his NHL career.

The Blue Jackets now have four regulation losses in their last five games, as they begin a six-game home stand Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.

  1. kicksave1980 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Not good at all. Everyone gets on the officials when they screw up (and sometimes when they don’t) but you never want to see that happen. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

  2. noozehound - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    refs can take a beating through the course of a game, you’re telling me they have NOBODY who can act as a replacement in an emergency situation like this?

    • ThatGuy - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Actually they did, the linesmen for tonights game was in town already and came out to help with about 10 minutes left in the game.

  3. boisehockeyref - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    That is correct.. they can’t use a local person unless, say, they were in a town that would also have an AHL team…which doesn’t happen really. They don’t schedule back ups as there is not enough staff until playoffs. So they work a 1 and 1 referee system. I have had to work that once and it is no fun I can assure you.

  4. mnrube23 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    6 game home stand! Lucky!!!

  5. hurrayforyogapants - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Thor is a very cool first name.

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