Florida Panthers forward David Booth celebrates after scoring in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in Philadelphia. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Slocum)
PHILADELPHIA - Florida Panthers left wing David Booth was taken from the ice on a stretcher Saturday night after a hard hit from Philadelphia captain Mike Richards.
With 2:55 left in the second period, Booth had just released the puck in front of the Flyers' blue-line, and Richards delivered a late hit with his shoulder. Both of Richards' feet appeared to leave the ice as he struck Booth.
Booth immediately fell face-down and remained motionless for several minutes. Both teams' trainers and Flyers team physician Gary Dorshimer attended to him. Booth appeared to be conscious as he was wheeled off following a seven-minute delay.
Richards was given a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for intent to injure. He could face a suspension.
The Flyers were leading 3-1 at the time. Booth scored Florida's goal.