It was so scary that Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ronald Petrovicky, who decked Newbury with a series of rights Saturday night, called the next day to make sure he was OK. "I appreciate that and I told him that," Newbury said Monday in the Leafs' dressing room. "It was a freak accident that happens every once in a while in the game."
They spoke for 10 minutes.
"I told him it wasn't his fault," said Newbury, who turns 25 next Monday. "He felt bad about what happened."
It certainly looked a lot worse. Newbury lay motionless for 30 seconds before awakening just as Toronto's training staff began treating him.
A large pool of blood collected under his head and he was strapped to a spinal board and taken for treatment. He later went to hospital for examination.
But Newbury, amazingly, didn't suffer a concussion. He rode the bike Monday and can't wait to get back on the ice.
"I think they'll keep me off for a couple of days just for precautionary reasons and then hopefully be back on the ice in about a week," he said. "No concussion-like symptoms, I feel pretty good.
"The back of my head is a little sore from the staples being there but other than that I'm pretty good."
Newbury earned a spot with the Leafs this season after the team lost several forwards to injury. He's played mostly on the fourth line in an energy role and has two goals and four points in 15 games.
He saw the fight on video.
"Yeah I've seen it a couple of times," said Newbury. "It doesn't look good. But injuries are part of the game and every now and then you get a scary one."
His cellphone was filled with concerned messages. Petrovicky wasn't the only one who was worried.
"The phone really hasn't stopped ringing," said Newbury. "It's a good thing that people care and want to know how I'm doing, I appreciate that."
The incident revived the anti-fighting element from some hockey observers. Newbury, for the record, doesn't agree with them.
The fight with Petrovicky was his second of the NHL season.
"Especially for my game, it's part of what I do and what I get paid for," he said. "I think it belongs in the game, it's just a freak accident that happens every once in a while."