ST. LOUIS -- Nashville Predators left winger Kevin Fiala had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after being injured early in the second period of Game 1 in the second-round series against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Fiala appeared to suffer a serious injury to his left leg when he was checked hard into the boards behind the Blues net by defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.
The Predators said Fiala is alert and in stable condition and will be evaluated further at the hospital.
The injury came just 1:46 into the second period, with the Predators leading 1-0.
Fiala, 20, scored two goals in Nashville's first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, including the overtime goal in Game 3. He scored 11 goals and added five assists in 54 games during the regular season.
Fiala was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The game was delayed until a second ambulance could return to the arena in case of another serious injury.