BY GEORGE RICHARDS, grichards@MiamiHerald.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Panthers winger David Booth was involved in a nasty mid-ice collision during the second period of Saturday's game against the Flyers.
Booth was hit in the Flyers zone and immediately hit the ice where he remained motionless for a few moments. A team doctor from the Flyers was escorted onto the ice and a stretcher was rolled out. The doctor and the paramedics rolled Booth over and there seemed to be a little movement. When Booth was rolled over, a puddle of blood could be seen collecting under where his face had been resting.
Booth collided with Flyers captain Mike Richards who led the hit with his shoulder. Booth didn't appear to see the hit as he was playing the puck and turned into Richards.
Richards was hit with a five minute penalty for interference and a 10-minute misconduct.
More as it becomes available. I'm heading downstairs to check on things now.
-- I heard downstairs that Booth was taken to Methodist Hospital. Have now been told that is Pennsylvania Hospital. The Panthers spokesman says he doesn't have any new information, but we're trying to get Randy Sexton to update us soon.
Sexton, you may remember, stayed behind in Buffalo with Richard Zednik was he was seriously injured in 2008.
-- Randy Sexton said ''there is no place'' in hockey for hits like Richards put on and he could be suspended as early as tomorrow morning. The Flyers play here Sunday.
''I didn't see the hit,'' Sexton said, noting he was writing in his game report as the hit went down. ''When they didn't show the replay, I knew it was bad. Then they showed it. I'm sure the league will do a full review.
''The league wants to get rid of these shots to the head.''
-- Booth was taken to the local hospital with athletic trainer Steve Dischiavi and Philadelphia team Dr. Gary Dorshimer.
-- This is not the first time Booth had to be taken off the ice. Here's what I wrote in 2007:
Panthers forward David Booth was hurt in the second period of Saturday's game against the host Ottawa Senators after being thrown head-first into the boards by Anton Volchenkov.
Booth, a second-year winger from Michigan State, spent 10 minutes on the ice and had to be taken off by stretcher.
Booth was attended to by Ottawa team physician Dr. Don Chow.
The hit by Volchenkov may have been in retaliation for a similar hit just moments earlier. There, Florida defenseman Branislav Mezei sent Nick Foligno into the boards. Foligno had to be helped off the ice; according to an Ottawa spokesperson, Foligno has a neck strain and will not return to the game.
Volchenkov was assessed a penalty for boarding and was ejected from the game.
Booth has been taken to the Ottawa Civic Hospital, said to be alert
and moving around. The Panthers are optimistic doctors at the hospital
will release him and he'll be able to make the charter flight home.