McIsaac lost consciousness taking a hit from behind into the boards by Blue Jackets forward James Malatesta, who was given a game misconduct. As McIsaac was being stretchered off, his eyes were open and he was talking, according to The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler.
The Red Wings said McIsaac was awake and alert and has feeling in all his extremities.
The game was briefly paused with three minutes left in the first period. An ambulance transported McIsaac to a local hospital.
After the game, an emotional Malatesta said he did not intend to hurt McIsaac on the play.
“I tried to move out of the way but I got him there. I hope he’s OK,” Malatesta said. “I’m not that type of player. I don’t go out on the ice having intentions to hurt anyone. I’ve seen those things happen, but to be the one to do that, I was just hoping and praying that that he was going to be OK and get up.”
McIsaac, one of the Red Wings’ top prospects, has battled through injury in his pro career. The 2018 second-round pick has had shoulder surgeries in consecutive seasons.
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