Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski suffered a concussion on Saturday night against Detroit, a result of a viciously awkward collision with the end-boards after getting tangled up with teammate Nick Foligno off the rush.
Wisniewski, along with Jack Johnson, had been a big part of the Blue Jackets surge in the first period that included Wisniewski's power play goal that tied the game 1-1 late in the first period. Then, at 1:39 in the second period, a rush up the ice resulted in one heck of a violent crash into the boards and some scary moments as Wisniewski laid still on the ice.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards stated after the game that Wisniewski suffered a concussion from the hit and that the defenseman had suffered a number of other injuries from the fall.
"He's moving slow,'' Richards said. "His back and leg got hurt in the collision.''
The Blue Jackets completed the big win with four straight goals, including two by Artem Anisimov in the second period. Defenseman Nick Johnson, picking up the minutes lost with Wisniewski, set a franchise record with 34:59 of ice time in the 4-2 win.