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Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth had to be stretchered off the ice after collapsing in net

Neuvirth was conscious as he left the ice.

A scary scene unfolded in Philadelphia when Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth suddenly collapsed in net with no warning.

Early in the first period between the Flyers and Devils, Neuvirth fell on his back after seemingly losing consciousness in the Philadelphia crease.

Neuvirth was unmoving for mere seconds before the Flyers jumped off the bench and called for assistance.

The Flyers’ goaltender started moving his legs and arms once the trainers were called over.

Neuvirth was eventually loaded onto a stretcher and was able to give a wave to the crowd before being carted off.

The situation is similar to when Ondrej Pavelec collapsed and lost consciousness in Atlanta back in 2010. It’s not known what caused Neuvirth’s collapse, but Flyers starting goaltender Steve Mason was ruled out on Saturday with an illness. Flyers forward Colin McDonald also spoke in between periods and said that Neuvirth had not been feeling well before the game.

Anthony Stolarz took over in net for Neuvirth with the intent to finish out the game. Neuvirth is awake and has been taken to Pennsylvania Hospital for observation.