Canadiens tough guy Parros leaves game vs. Leafs on stretcher

Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros is wheeled off the ice after falling face-first onto the...

Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros is wheeled off the ice after falling face-first onto the ice at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Oct. 1, 2013. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

MONTREAL - There wasn’t much else that could have gone wrong for the Montreal Canadiens on opening night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.

They lost to their long-time rivals 4-3 to start the season, but the defeat was overshadowed by a bloody and scary injury to new Canadiens enforcer George Parros, who left the ice on a stretcher after falling during a fight and striking his face on the ice early in the third period.

The Canadiens said Parros suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital for further observation and treatment.

He was alert and conscious, said a team spokesman.

“That’s a good thing,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

A good thing in what turned out to be a bad night for the Habs and for the National Hockey League on its opening night of the season.


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