Ilya Bryzgalov's road to redemption might have taken detour, as the goaltender sustained an upper-body injury after Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt collided with him on a breakaway opportunity on Sunday night.
The incident occurred near the end of the second period with the Stars leading, 1-0. Garbutt made a power move to the net and made contact with Bryzgalov's head, which resulted in the goaltender immediately falling to the ice. He left the game after the play and would not return.
Head coach Dallas Eakins labeled the issue as an upper-body injury, but admitted that he was not being completely honest with the media because of the nature of the issue, via NHL.com:
"He's got an upper-body injury that we're going to have to reassess in the morning. I've been upfront with you guys (the media)," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said after his team earned a 3-2 shootout win. "I'm not being upfront now. I've got to keep this under wraps until we check him out a little further."
Obviously, head injuries are very serious in professional sports these days. This was amplified last week when a group of former players levied a lawsuit against the NHL due to concussions. The extent of Bryzgalov's injury will be determined in the coming days but it won't be surprising if it comes back as a concussion.