7:05 pm: The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus reports that Murphy will not return to the game, however he remains at the arena under the supervision of the team’s medical staff.
6:43 pm: Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Connor Murphy was taken off the ice by stretcher after a collision into the boards early in the first period of Chicago’s game against the Ottawa Senators Saturday night. The incident happened after Ottawa’s Parker Kelly landed a hit on Murphy that sent Murphy face-first into the boards. Kelly was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding Murphy.
After being down on the ice for several minutes, Murphy appeared to move his extremities and was then taken off the ice on a stretcher, giving a thumbs up. What makes the situation all the more concerning is that Murphy also missed time in December of this season with a concussion, having now apparently hit his head on the boards.
The 28-year-old Murphy has been a mainstay on Chicago’s blue line for the past five seasons, seeing his time-on-ice climb steadily for the Blackhawks as they have navigated a rebuild. It remains unclear the extent of Murphy’s injury or any timetable, however at this time, Murphy’s overall health is the primary concern.
Scary scary play, sounds like he’s doing okay as Ron Maclean just updated everyone saying he’s still at the arena and wasn’t transported to the hospital