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Scary moment for Oilers' Roy

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

It was as scary a scene that takes place in hockey.

Oilers defenceman Mathieu Roy had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher last night after a hit from Canucks centre Rick Rypien early in the third period.

Rypien was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct, while Roy was taken straight to the hospital.

"He complained of neck pain and in all conditions like that you have to put the (back) board on him and take him off," said Oilers head medical trainer Ken Lowe. "He's at the hospital, we're still waiting for reports, but he has feeling in both his hands and his feet. It's more precautionary than anything else."

Roy was playing the puck behind his own net when Rypien came charging in from the blue-line and hammered the Oiler defenceman.

"At the last second there I was committed to hitting him but he kind of pulled up and went the other way," Rypien said. "I probably could have eased up my speed a bit. I definitely don't feel good about it. You don't want to see a guy leaving the ice like that. It wasn't my intention to hurt him."

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault sympathized with the fact Roy got hurt, but he didn't think the play should have been a penalty, much less a major.

"It's a player being told by his coach to forecheck, skate hard and steer the play," Vigneault said. "The defenceman has that responsibility, when he's getting that puck."

Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish did not agree.

"I guess he didn't get his face run through the boards," MacTavish said. "I'm sure if he saw one of his players run through the boards face-first and carried out on a stretcher, he'd rephrase those comments."


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