It looked like an innocent collision, yet it may cost Raffi Torres the season.
Yesterday the Oilers announced that Torres will be out for the next two to three weeks with a knee injury, sustained in Detroit last week.
The Oilers forward was hit by Red Wings winger Mikael Samuelsson and sprained a ligament in his right knee.
"When I got hit - I kind of got hit from up top - and I felt that my skate was in a rut and my leg kind of shot back," Torres said. "Hopefully I just have to give it some time and it will heal to the point where I can get back on the ice."
Torres missed the Oilers game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday and won't be in the lineup tonight when they host the Dallas Stars.
In 32 games this season, the six-foot, 215-pound winger has five goals and six assists.
"When I got hit, I kind of felt something wrong right away," Torres said. "Then I got up and hobbled over to the bench. I was on the bench for a couple of minutes, then I went out for another shift and I knew something was really wrong."
In Detroit, Torres was playing in his third game since sitting out as a healthy scratch with Jarret Stoll.
The Toronto native had avoided serious injury up to this point in his NHL career. The last time he was unable to play due to health reasons was when he got the flu during the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2006.
"We're going to back off Raffi for three or four weeks and then we'll have an assessment to see whether he can overcome the injury or whether he needs surgery at that time," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "He's longer term."
The injury compounds what has been a tough stretch for the winger. He has not scored a goal since Dec. 2 and at one point this year went 14 games without a point.
After a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month, when Sidney Crosby picked up three assists in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit, Torres and Stoll were made healthy scratches for the first time in their careers.
The demotion to the pressbox snapped a 215 consecutive games played streak for Torres.
"The frustrating part is that it happened on a nothing play," Torres said. "I was just dumping the puck in when I got hit. But I knew right away something was wrong."
Torres can still ride the bike and take part in some light exercises. However, he won't be back on skates until the injury is re-evaluated in the new year.
"It's been frustrating," he said. "But right now I'm just going to focus on trying to get healthy.
"Surgery would result in my season being done, but there are still a couple of weeks to decide that."