May 24th, 2024

Jets forward Namestnikov hospitalized after taking puck to side of the head

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on April 28, 2024.

Winnipeg Jets forward Vladislav Namestnikov left Sunday's game against the Colorado Avalanche after taking a slapshot to the side of the head. Namestnikov (7) scores on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period in Game 1 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Winnipeg, Sunday, April 21, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade

DENVER – Winnipeg forward Vladislav Namestnikov was hospitalized Sunday after taking a slapshot to the side of the head during the third period of the Jets’ 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

“Vladdy is at the hospital being looked at right now,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said after the game. “That’s all I have until we get a report from what they see, what is wrong.”

Namestnikov was in the slot when he was hit by a Nate Schmidt shot from the point. The puck was deflected by Colorado’s Andrew Cogliano.

Namestnikov was down on the ice for about a minute before heading to the locker-room via the Avalanche bench. The fourth-line centre skated off under his own power with trainers at his side.

He held a towel to his head to stop the bleeding.

The Avalanche led 4-1 at the time and later added an empty-net goal to secure a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Namestnikov had 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) over 78 games for the Jets this past season. He has one goal over four playoff games.

Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at Canada Life Centre.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 28, 2024.

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