Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack was removed from the ice on a stretcher Monday following a collision with Red Wings power forward Andreas Athanasiou on the game's final play.
Athanasiou's goal with 3:01 remaining in overtime gave Detroit a 4-3 win, but the 22-year-old centerman inadvertently made contact with Lack's head just after the puck crossed the goal line, causing Lack to tumble backward into the net. Lack's right leg also twisted awkwardly in the process.
In a frightening scene, Lack remained motionless in prone position on the ice as trainers skated to his aid. Players from both teams gathered around and stayed on the ice in a show of support as PNC Arena fell silent.
Lack's neck was stabilized and he was loaded onto a stretcher. He was able to give a thumbs up to the crowd before being transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
The 29-year-old, who made 23 saves, was starting his third consecutive game for a Hurricanes team attempting to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race. He has twice missed time this season due to concussions.