Devils’ Elias leaves game on a stretcher after check by Avs’ defenceman Wilson

DENVER – Devils forward Patrik Elias left New Jersey’s game against the Avalanche on a stretcher after being checked by Colorado defenceman Ryan Wilson.

Wilson hit Elias with a high check at the Avalanche blue line 38 seconds into the second period Saturday in Colorado’s 3-1 victory.

Elias stayed on the ice for about five minutes before he was secured onto the stretcher. He waved to the crowd as he was taken off the ice.

Elias had X-rays at Pepsi Center and was taken to a hospital for a CT scan but both results were negative.

“We had X-rays here for his neck and everything was fine,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger.

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“We went to the hospital just for precautionary reasons for a CT scan and everything is fine. The doctor didn’t know we were flying back after the game, so he said, ‘I’d just like to double check with a CT scan.’ So I went to the hospital with him and they got the report back. Everything is OK.”

No penalty was called on the hit, but 3:06 later Wilson dropped the gloves with Devils defenceman Mark Fraser.

Elias is part of the Czech Republic’s team that will compete in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver next month.