A terrifying scene unfolded during an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.
The game came to an abrupt stop in the first period when Golden Knights forward Brett Howden had to be stretchered off the ice.
Howden crashed headfirst into the boards after a collision with Predators forward Filip Forsberg. To make matters worse, Forsberg' momentum added significant force to the collision.
Even Forsberg's Nashville teammates were disturbed by Howden's headfirst contact into the boards.
Forsberg wasn't penalized for the play. Officials deemed it was unintentional as both players were simply trying to secure the puck. Regardless, it's obviously a terrifying situation.
An emergency medical team was on the ice tending to Howden in a matter of seconds. He was put on a stretcher and taken off the ice to a hospital for further evaluation.
The good news is that while leaving the ice Howden raised one of his arms, indicating he is going to be okay. The move certainly brought out cheers from the crowd.
The Golden Knights forward is now reportedly in stable condition. He will continue undergoing treatment and be monitored for what appears to have been a head injury.
We wish Howden all the best in his recovery. It's remarkable he's in stable condition following his collision on Thursday night.