By Jay Cohen
Chicago (Associated Press)-Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira was equalized by Jacob Truba in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers and spent the night in the hospital.
Team doctor Michael Terry said Keira was released on Wednesday morning after undergoing “extensive testing.”
“Despite the serious injury, his prognosis is very good, and we expect him to fully recover,” Terry said at a press conference. “At this point, it is too early to determine the timetable for returning to the game.”
At 6:10 on Tuesday night, when Keira put away the puck in the second quarter, his head dropped. When Truba seemed to press Kayla’s chin with his right shoulder, he looked up.
The back of Keira’s head bounced off the ice, and the Black Hawk and the Rangers were fighting together nearby, and he showed no signs of movement.
The stretcher was pushed onto the ice, and the medical staff looked at Keira from the bench of each team. When Keira was carried down, some of his teammates and the Rangers patted the stretcher.
“Personally, I was very shocked,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said after the loss. “I won’t lie to you. I’m glad to hear that everything is fine with him.”
The 27-year-old Keira scored two goals and had no assists in 18 games in his first season for the Blackhawks. He agreed to a two-year contract in July with a salary cap of $975,000.
Keira was selected by Edmonton in the third round of the 2012 draft. He made his debut with the Oilers on November 28, 2015, becoming the third player of Punjabi descent to play in the NHL.
Keira has 26 goals and 39 assists in 276 games in his career.
Also on Wednesday, the Blackhawks recalled forwards Mike Hardman and Philip Kurashev from Rockford, and assigned guards Wyatt Kalinuk and Ian Mitchell to their American Hockey League Subsidiary Body.
Forward MacKenzie Entwistle was activated from the injured reserve and assigned to Rockford. He was sidelined with an injury to his left ankle.