A hit from behind forced the Calgary Flames to leave David Moss behind as they took off for a two-game road trip.
Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ossi Vaananen rammed into Moss's back during Saturday night's game at the Saddledome and smashed the rookie winger's face into the dasher in front of the Avs bench. Moss was dazed as he spewed blood onto the ice and didn't return after getting stitched up. He was held out of practice yesterday because of the head injury and Moss will watch from home while the Flames face the Avs in Colorado tonight before heading to Phoenix.
"His lips were all cut and split and his face was swollen up so we want to be really cautious with David," said Flames head coach Jim Playfair. "He took a nasty whack and was a little bit woozy after."
Vaananen was ejected and given a five-minute major for boarding but there is no suspension coming from the NHL, which would have handed down any disciplinary decision before Vaananen took the ice against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday.
Playfair wasn't sure whether the Avs blueliner deserved a suspension but Byron Ritchie was still bitter about the play.
"It doesn't show that Vaananen's got any courage or anything like that by hitting a guy from behind," said Ritchie.
"It should be a suspendable hit. I think they should crack down on hits from behind like they did hits to the head."