Scary incident as Avalanche’s Jacob MacDonald taken off on stretcher after hard clean hit

Another big NHL hit leads to an injury. This time it was Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jacob MacDonald.

The 28 year-old rearguard was taken off the ice on a stretcher early in the second period of Sunday’s home game against the Florida Panthers, the second such injury in the matter of a week.

Recently, we saw Jujhar Khaira of the Chicago Blackhawks taken to the hospital after being leveled by New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. And it almost happened again when Trouba hit an unsuspecting Nathan MacKinnon on Friday.

MacDonald stretchered off the ice

MacDonald took a hard check from Florida forward Ryan Lomberg along the boards in the Avalanche zone at 2:15 of the period. McDonald went down on his back and wasn’t moving when he was attended to by the Colorado medical staff.

The 28-year-old was placed on a stretcher after a few minutes and was carried off the ice.

Avalanche forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel went after Lomberg immediately after the hit and the two drew fighting majors. Lomberg did not get a penalty for the check.

“Just tough to see from probably either team,” Avs defenseman Erik Johnson said. “It’s a fast game out there, you move upwards of 20 miles per hour. It’s physical and things move fast. It’s an unfortunate play, super scary for Jacob.”

–Field Level Media