Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being leveled by a hit from Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba on Thursday night.
With 6:37 remaining in the second period of Game 1 of the first round Eastern Conference playoff series between the Canadiens and Senators, Eller was looking back to receive a pass from teammate Raphael Diaz when Gryba delivered a high, hard hit. Eller dropped to the ice near the Canadiens' blue line and lay motionless as blood pooled beneath his face. According to NHL.com, Canadiens medical personnelprevented Eller from getting up. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Gryba was hit with a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct
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The Canadiens soon provided updates on Eller's status via Twitter.
After play resumed, hockey fans and media also took to Twitter to weigh in on the hit. Early opinions on the legality of the hit were mixed, with many people placing the most blame on Diaz for the dangerous pass.