With Jesperi Kotkaniemi trying to play the puck along the boards, he had his feet swept from underneath him by Nikita Zadorov, flipping the rookie and landing him on his head. Down on the ice for several minutes, he had to be essentially carried to the dressing room.
Scary moment as Jesperi Kotkaniemi is hurt after a hit by Nikita Zadorov pic.twitter.com/DQWMFgfcwx— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 6, 2019
UPDATES: Unsurprisingly, Kotkaniemi will not be back this evening.
Habs announce Kotkaniemi will not return. Upper body.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) December 6, 2019
He will also not travel with the team to New York:
Claude Julien confirme que Jesperi Kotkaniemi ne fera pas le voyage à New York.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 6, 2019
Claude Julien confirms that Jesperi Kotkaniemi will not travel with the team to New York.