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Video: Devils’ Merrill needs help off ice after awkward fall

Nov 3, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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The New Jersey Devils already came into Sunday banged up, and now it looks like Jon Merrill might have gotten hurt in his first NHL game.

The 21-year-old blueliner took a spill/was tripped into the boards by Torrey Mitchell early in the first period of the Minnesota Wild’s game tonight. Video will be added when/if available, but until then, The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti described the fall:

  • Merrill was helped off the ice after falling feet-first, yet Gulitti believes it isn’t a leg injury.
  • He looked dazed while being helped off and has a cut above his eye.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo sees some similarities between Merrill’s spill and Kurtis Foster’s dangerous crash from years ago, only this wasn’t an icing.

Update: Here’s video of the fall:

  1. lordfletcher - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    pity tripping call…..

    wishing for a speedy recovery

  2. lowenni - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I expect that that wasn’t the way he wanted to start his NHL career.

  3. esracerx46 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    He was not tripped. Had a blow out. Certainly looked like he was out cold. Mitchell looked freaked out. I hope that cut above his eye didn’t do any damage to the eye. Good luck kid. Get well soon

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