Scott Sabourin injury update: Ottawa Senators forward taken off ice in stretcher

Ottawa Senators forward Scott Sabourin was taken off the ice in a stretcher Saturday after a nasty collision with Boston Bruins forward David Backes.

Video replay shows the two players’ heads collide as Sabourin initiates contact just inside the Boston defensive zone. Sabourin, 27, immediately falls to the ice and may have been knocked unconscious from the initial contact — he hits his head once more on the ice.

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Backes and players on the ice called for each team’s trainers to attend to Sabourin almost immediately after the hit. According to NESN play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards, the game was halted for over 11 minutes as medical staff put the Orleans, Ont., native on a stretcher.

Player from both teams left their respective benches to check on Sabourin. He was able to give TD Garden crowd a thumbs-up sign as he left the ice. Backes, the player Sabourin initially made contact with, appeared especially shaken up by the incident — he left for the Bruins’ locker room shortly after Sabourin exited the ice, too.

Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Greg Millen reported that Sabourin was awake and moving his extremities not long after he left the ice. During the first intermission, the Senators announced Sabourin was transported to a Boston hospital for evaluation. He was conscious and speaking with the attending doctors as he left TD Garden.

Sabourin made the Senators’ roster out of training camp after playing in the American Hockey League for the previous seven seasons. He has collected one goal and one assist in 10 games so far this season.

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