In the second period of the Rangers' road contest versus the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, defenceman Jacob Trouba delivered a heavy hit that knocked Chicago forward Jujhar Khaira out cold.
Really scary scene in Chicago as Jujhar Khaira is knocked out cold by Jacob Trouba. Paramedics on the ice. pic.twitter.com/so2YmuXl8Q
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 8, 2021
As Khaira was skating out of the defensive zone, he dropped his head to look at the puck for a split second and never saw Trouba coming, who lined up the winger with a massive open-ice body check.
Khaira was knocked out from the collision, and was stretchered off the ice shortly afterward. He was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital following an initial evaluation of what was labelled an "upper-body blow" by the Blackhawks.
Khaira has been released from the hospital and expected to make a full recovery, the Blackhawks announced on Wednesday.
Jujhar Khaira was released from the hospital this morning.
From the Blackhawks: "Despite the significant injury, his prognosis is excellent, and we expect a full recovery. At this point, it is too early to put a timeline on return to play.”
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 8, 2021
UPDATE: Coach King on Jujhar Khaira's status - “He’s up. He’s talking. He’s very responsive.” https://t.co/2pks3F7F0f
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 8, 2021
Trouba was not penalized on the play, but fought defenseman Riley Stillman moments after play resumed. Both players were assessed five-minute majors for fighting.
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