It was another frightening scene in a time of too many daunting, hold-your-breath moments in hockey.
George Parros was already in the penalty box on Saturday night, his eyes glassy, his condition wobbly. And as the game officials escorted him out of the box, guiding him for medical attention after being knocked silly by a wild haymaker thrown by Eric Boulton of the Islanders, a single thought overwhelmed me.
Will we ever see Parros again in a National Hockey League game?
And if so, why?
In this season gone wrong for the career tough guy, Parros has played nine games for the Montreal Canadiens, just more than 35 minutes of ice time and fought five times. Twice he has been helped off the ice, his condition now, and for the future, to be determined.