The former Islanders goaltender, who has played for three teams, was on the ice during Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final when he was knocked unconscious by a hit from Sharks center Matt Nieto.
The former goalie was wearing a mask at the time, which he says is a good thing, as he has a history of concussions.
“When I saw Matt Nieto take that hit, I was like, ‘What the hell?'” he told NHL.com.
“So I’m trying to do what I can to protect myself and I just took off my mask and got on the side of the ice and started looking for the puck and trying to get in the back of the net.
I’m like, OK, I’ll just do that.
When I came back, the game was over and I was looking for Matt Nieto, and then I hit him hard.
It was like a slap.
But the good thing is that I didn`t take my mask off, I just got it off.
So I was able to see and react.”
The former Islanders goalie was injured in the second period of Game 5 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion.
He said he is “doing fine” and is taking a break from the game, but the concussion is a big concern.
“You have a lot of different things you can put in your head that cause it to happen, and you can never get out of that mindset that you can take a hit,” he said.
“You never want to do that and you don’t want to see that happen.
It’s really frustrating, and I think you get hurt.
I think that`s the biggest thing.”
The Islanders are trying to avoid having a repeat of their Game 6 loss to the Penguins.
They went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2017, but have not made the playoffs since 2008.
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