Oilers’ Matt Benning exits game vs. Canucks after taking puck to the head

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Matt Benning left Sunday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks after being hit in the head with a puck.

  • Benning was playing in his first game after missing five with a concussion. He was activated from injured reserve on Nov. 29.
  • The incident happened in the end of the first period, when Canucks forward Josh Leivo attempted a shot that hit Benning in the back of the helmet. He was slow to get up and was immediately taken to the locker room.
  • Benning had just spent several days in the National Hockey League’s concussion protocol prior to playing this game as the result of a stick to the head he took courtesy of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane during a game last week, and was only just returning to action after being cleared to play once again.
  • Obviously there were serious concerns about his health immediately after seeing him take another blow to the head, but unbelievably Benning was allowed to return to the bench following the puck he took to the head.
  • No further details regarding the injury were provided by the team.
  • The 25-year-old has five assists through 23 games with the Oilers this season.
Sources & Credits: Sportsnet, Hockeyfeed

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