Huskins suffers concussion; return date unknown

Huskins suffers concussion; return date unknown

April 15, 2013, 11:15 pm
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MONTREAL -- Defenseman Kent Huskins suffered a concussion in the first period of Monday’s game against the Canadiens at the Bell Center.

The Flyers have provided no timetable for his return. Only six games remain in the season.

Huskins took an ugly high hit from often-penalized Habs center Ryan White behind the play at 6:11 of the opening stanza. White lifted his shoulder, and Huskins went down to the ice hard, appearing to lose consciousness briefly before being helped off the ice.

Kurtis Foster immediately tackled White, despite not seeing exactly what happened to his teammate.

“It happened so quick,” Foster said. “I saw the guy kind of come flying in, I didn’t see the video or see the actual contact, but I just saw Huskins go down. And when you see a teammate go down like that, you’ve got to step in.

“It’s too bad when you lose a player like that to a hit like that. That’s part of the game that they’re trying to take out. It’s part of the game, you’ve just got to jump in and help your teammate.”

White received two five-minute majors for elbowing and fighting, as well as a match penalty. He was kicked out of the game, and will likely face a hearing and subsequent suspension.

The NHL will have an in-person hearing with White at a date and time to be decided. That the hearing will be in person means they NHL could suspend him for six or more games -- though that's not necessarily what will happen.

Huskins joins the lengthy list of injured Flyers defensemen, a collection that also includes Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossmann, who is also sidelined with a concussion.