Phoenix Coyotes’ Petr Prucha taken off on stretcher after hit by Stars’ Neal

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Phoenix Coyotes left-winger Petr Prucha was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period Saturday night after taking a hard hit from Dallas’ James Neal.

The Coyotes said Prucha was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Neal checked Prucha into the boards near the penalty box area and Prucha struck his head and crumpled to the ice with 15:59 remaining in the period.

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Prucha lay on his back for about seven minutes while emergency personnel strapped him to a gurney before rolling him off the ice. No penalty was called on the play.

Coyotes centre Martin Hanzal, Prucha’s Czech Republic countryman, picked a fight with Neal a few minutes later, landing several punches.