The Florida Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight, but it was a painful win for Scott Mellanby and Pavel Bure.
Mellanby was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion when he slid and hit the back of his head on the boards as the game ended. However, he was talking as he was taken off on a stretcher.
"He said, 'It's nice to get a standing ovation in Montreal,' so he still had his sense of humor," Panthers defenseman Paul Laus said.
The crowd gave Mellanby, a Montreal native, an ovation as he was carried off. He was taken to a hospital, where he was expected to stay overnight for observation.
"When I got there he was conscious and breathing," said Florida Coach Terry Murray. "The linesman said he was out for about 30 seconds."
Bure had a goal and an assist before leaving midway through the third period with a pulled groin muscle.
"He's icing it down and we'll see how it is [today]," Murray said. "He came off just to get it wrapped, but the trainer came back and said he's not coming back."
Bure scored his third goal of the season in the first period and got his 500th career point when he assisted on Lance Pitlick's second-period goal for the Panthers (3-0-1).