The Chicago Blackhawks have already lost one important winger this season when star Patrick Kane suffered a broken clavicle in late February – and they got a scare on that front Monday night when Brandon Saad was knocked out of their game against Los Angeles after a run-in with the Kings' tag team of Drew Doughty and Kyle Clifford.
The 22-year-old Saad, who is third on the Hawks in scoring this season with 22 goals, got stuck in the middle of Clifford and Doughty as he tried to score on L.A.'s Jonathan Quick during the first period of Monday's game. Doughty leaves his feet on the play, and Saad winds up with a headshot: (GIF via Reddit user PuckTheBruins)
Saad left the game immediately after the hit. The Kings' Twitter account took some heat after the play when it offered this comment:
The Blackhawks' worst fears weren't realized after Saad returned to the game to start the second period. Given that they're still fighting to lock up a post-season berth and stay out of the wild card picture, they don't want to lose any player, let alone one who makes the contributions Saad does.