NHL Hockey

Wild's Staal concussed from boards crash

(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards.

Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that.

Staal looked well on Tuesday when he spoke to reporters, though general manager Chuck Fletcher said Staal would've been out for a while had the Wild stayed alive in the playoffs. Staal recalled the sequence in Game 5 of the first-round series against St. Louis, when he tripped near the Blues net at the end of a breakaway and barreled full-speed ahead into the barrier.

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