ST. LOUIS – Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle left the ice on a stretcher following a hit from behind by St. Louis’ Maxim Lapierre in the first period of the Sharks-Blues game on Tuesday night.
Boyle was motionless on the ice for several minutes after the hit, which happened in the corner behind Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, and several Sharks players including Joe Thornton and Brent Burns quickly motioned to the benches for team trainers. The 37-year-old Boyle managed to raise his right arm as he was being wheeled up the tunnel with 14:38 to go in the period. Replays appeared to show Boyle’s jaw hitting the lip of the boards below the glass.
According to a Sharks team spokesman, Boyle was “alert and moving his extremities and has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation. We will provide an update when more information becomes available.”
Lapierre received a five-minute major for checking from behind, a fighting major for dropping the gloves with Andrew Desjardins, and a game misconduct. Ryan Reaves and Matt Pelech also fought after the hit, and both received game misconducts to go with their fighting majors. There were 68 penalty minutes total handed out at the stoppage.
Later in the first, Burns was called for a boarding minor on St. Louis’ Brenden Morrow at 16:07. Morrow was helped to the dressing room but returned to start the second period.
Lapierre has been suspended once before, for four games, for a hit into the boards against San Jose's Scott Nichol on March 4, 2010.