Flyers' Neuvirth carted off ice after collapsing in crease

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This happened with Jiri Fischer of Detroit in 2005 when he suddenly collapsed on the bench due to cardiac arrest and unfortunately he was forced to retire, and tonight Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth collapsed on the ice.

There may be an explanation for why Michael Neuvirth collapsed.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Pekka Rinne earned his third shutout of the season by stopping 31 shots as Nashville defeated Minnesota. "When it's all set and done, I'm fine with Neuvy getting the win". General manager Ron Hextall said more information would be available on Sunday.

"We sent him to the hospital for precautionary reasons, and everything so far has been good, " Hextall had said Saturday. The Rangers, who are just 3-3-4 over their last 10 games, have an unimpressive 19-16-4 record on home ice this season but have been excellent on the road at 27-10-2. Neuvirth saved all six shots that he faced in the first period.

Backup goalie Anthony Stolarz has taken over in the game. Ironically, Neuvirth was the goaltender for the Capitals in that game.

Apart from Michal Neuvirth's scary moment, the Flyers had an impressive first period, taking a 2-0 lead into the locker room. He did allow one to get by, but that Andy Greene shot that bounced off Claude Giroux and rebounded past Stolarz was waved off when a review revealed the Devils were off-side. "Sometimes those colds dehydrate you".

Neuvirth did not move at all until medical personnel rushed onto the ice. "But it was pretty scary and I'm glad to see he was moving and functioning when he rolled off the ice".

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By that point the Flyers were enjoying a three-goal lead.

Flyers teammate Colin McDonald said Neuvirth was not feeling well before the game.

"He didn't get to the rink and probably have his gear on until the drop of the puck, so it shows his maturity", Hakstol said.

In the second period of Saturday's feisty game, Radko Gudas left after taking a high hit from New Jersey's Dalton Prout.

Brayden Schenn's 17th power-play goal of the season - tying him for the National Hockey League lead - at 7:28 of the opening period gave the Flyers a rare 1-0 lead.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Metropolitan Division teams and the second in NY. The official description was an upper-body injury.