Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj left Thursday night’s game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights after taking a solid hit fromIvan Barbashev in the corner of the rink during the 2nd period of the match.
Xhekaj had already enjoyed a long and arduous presence on the ice when Barbashev challenged him to a one-on-one fight. Xhekaj took the brunt of the impact before crashing into his left shoulder. Xhekaj stood up to finish his performance before heading straight for his team’s dressing room.
The Canadiens officially announced that Xhekaj left the game with an upper body injury.
This season, Xhekaj has a goal and two assists in 17 games. It has a differential of -2.