Flyers’ Michal Neuvirth hospitalized ‘as a precaution’ after scary collapse on ice

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was taken to a hospital as a precaution after his scary and so far unexplained collapse to the ice during a game Saturday night.

As he was awaiting a faceoff, Neuvirth, 29, suddenly fell backward and landed on his back on the ice about 7 1/2 minutes into the game against the New Jersey Devils in Philadelphia. He appeared to lose consciousness briefly, but was able to move his extremities. As a precaution, Neuvirth, who quickly came to and was alert, was taken to Pennsylvania Hospital, where he was kept overnight for observation, the team said.

It was a frightening sight and there has been no explanation for what happened, but speculation centered on some sort of bug.

“I don’t want to speculate — he’s had a little bit of a chest cold. There’s been a few things going around. There has been all winter,” General Manager Ron Hextall said. “We sent him over to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Everything so far has been good, things are positive.”

Neuvirth will not make the trip with the team to New York for Sunday night’s game against the Rangers.

“There’s been a [flu] bug going through the team and it may have had something to do with it,” Jordan Weal said. “Sometimes those colds really get to you and dehydrate you. Maybe it was something like that. I’m just glad he’s okay.”

Anthony Stolarz, called up from the AHL’s Lehigh Valley on Saturday because starting goalie Steve Mason was ill, finished the Flyers’ 3-0 victory.

“It’s obviously pretty scary when your goaltender just collapses like that,” left winger Chris VandeVelde said. “Not sure really what happened, [whether] he fainted or got lightheaded or what. But pretty scary and glad to see he was functioning and moving when he was rolled off the ice.”

Michal Neuvirth is taken off the ice on a stretcher. (Tom Mihalek/Associated Press)

Flyers' Michal Neuvirth released from hospital after collapsing during game

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth, who collapsed during Saturday's game, has been released from Pennsylvania Hospital and is at home resting, the club announced on Sunday.

All diagnostic testing came back normal, and he will be reevaluated Monday afternoon, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Hextall also announced that goalie Steve Mason, who missed Saturday's game because of the flu, will join the team when it plays the host New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Defenseman Radko is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury.

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth released from hospital after collapse

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth has been released from the hospital following a scary incident in the Flyers-Devils game Saturday night.

According to the team, Neuvirth is resting at home and all diagnostic testing came back normal. He will be reevalutated Monday.

Neuvirth collapsed in the crease without any contact early in the game as the teams prepared for a face-off near center ice.

Although Neuvirth initially appeared unconscious, he was soon moving around as trainers and medical staff assisted him. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Hospital.

"We sent him to the hospital for precautionary reasons, and everything so far has been good,'' team general manager Ron Hextall said.

Hextall said Neuvirth would not travel with the team for its game in New York Sunday night against the Rangers.

Neuvirth made six saves before the incident and was credited with the victory after rookie Anthony Stolarz shut down the Devils in the Flyers' 3-0 win.

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