Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson took a big hit to the head from Nashville’s Filip Forsberg at the end of the first period of Friday’s game. The hit left him lying on the ice before he went down the tunnel.
He didn’t return to the ice to start the second period and the Ducks announced at the end of the frame that he was being ruled out of the rest of the game with an upper-body injury.
INJURY UPDATE: Josh Manson (upper-body injury) will not return to tonight's game.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 16, 2016
Forsberg did not receive a penalty on the play, and the Ducks were forced to play two periods of the game with just five defenders on the bench.
Watch the hit below.
— Eric (@EricTheHawk) April 16, 2016
Here’s another look at the play.
— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) April 16, 2016
The Predators wound up taking Game 1 with a 3-2 win.
The 24-year-old Manson had five goals and 15 points through 71 games this season. It was just his second NHL season and his first full season.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.