Blackhawks' Khaira injured in 6-2 loss to Rangers
By: Mike Stiles -
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
(CHICAGO) - By the time Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira saw New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, it was too late. The result was a huge hit that sent Khaira to the hospital. Khaira was stretchered off the ice after he was leveled by Trouba in the second period of New York's 6-2 victory Tuesday night. Khaira’s head was down as he gathered in the puck, and he looked up right as Trouba appeared to drive his right shoulder into his chin. Khaira’s head bounced hard off the ice, and there were no signs of movement from him as the Blackhawks and Rangers scuffled nearby. A stretcher was wheeled onto the ice, and medical personnel worked on Khaira as each team looked on from the bench area. A handful of his teammates and the Rangers tapped the stretcher as Khaira was taken off. The Blackhawks said Khaira suffered an “upper-body blow” and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Artemi Panarin had two goals and two assists against his first NHL team, passing 500 career points and helping New York to its seventh straight win. Trouba, Chris Kreider, Kevin Rooney and Barclay Goodrow also scored and Alexander Georgiev made 24 saves. Kirby Dach and Erik Gustafsson scored for Chicago, which had won two of three. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 stops in his first try at his 500th career win. The Blackhawks played without Connor Murphy, Jake McCabe and Caleb Jones, three of their top defensemen.