Nashville Predators' Kevin Fiala is taken off the ice during Wednesday's game with a broken left femur. Teammates Ryan Johansen (92) and Viktor Arvidsson, left, offer encouragement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, MO (WSMV) -
Nashville forward Kevin Fiala suffered a broken femur during Wednesday night’s opening game against St. Louis and will miss the remainder of the season.
Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur and underwent successful surgery at a St. Louis hospital.
“He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to help his teammate in their quest for the Stanley Cup, but is looking forward to starting his rehabilitation upon his return to Nashville,” Poile said in a statement posted on the team’s web site.
Fiala suffered the injury when he was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at the 1:46 mark of the second period. The Predators led 1-0 at the time of the injury.
He was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
The Predators won Game 1 of the series 4-3 and will play Game 2 in St. Louis on Friday at 7 p.m. The series returns to Nashville for Game 3 at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s game can be seen on Channel 4.
Mike Fisher on losing Fiala: It's a tough loss. He's played really well in playoffs. Glad he's doing okay. pic.twitter.com/kSwjnhLSI9