ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards.
Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife soon after, he apologized to her for having to wince her way through the scary sequence.
"It's no fun to watch. She's watched a lot of hockey over time, and I'm sure when you see your husband in that state, it can shake you up a little bit," Staal said, reflecting on his early exit from Game 5 on Saturday against St. Louis before the Wild were a href(equals)'https://apnews.com/991d136f9c0941fab25338df5ce86dad/Paajarvi's-OT-goal-gives-Blues-4-3-win-to-oust-Wild-in-5'eliminated from the first-round series/a by the Blues.