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Eller (concussion/facial fractures) visits Canadiens

May 5, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT


Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller is making progress after his scary open-ice hit by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

He has been released from the hospital and was feeling well enough to visit the Canadiens, according the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

“It was nice to see him,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

“He looks good,” Therrien stopped mid-word and repeated that. After some brief laughter he added, “He did look better before, but it was just nice to see him. You could tell our guys care about him and he’s such a good kid.”

Eller needed to be placed on a stretcher after he fell face-first on the ice. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and facial fractures.

The incident resulted in Gryba being handed a two-game suspension, although not everyone agreed with the decision.

It has also sparked a war of words between Montreal and Ottawa.

With the series tied, Game 3 will start at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be on NBCSN.

  1. sportsfaninyyc - May 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Too bad this had to happen, he was having his best season. He’s turned into a very good player, a good get from St. Louis in the Halak trade.

  2. Stiller43 - May 5, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    The hit wasnt scary, the result was.

  3. mclovinhockey - May 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I don’t know, I feel like all hits that knock a player out should be considered scary, but I guess that’s part one of the result.

    If he would not have been knocked out before falling to the ice he would have been able to brace himself and only have a concision.

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