Video: Devils’ Merrill needs help off ice after awkward fall

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The New Jersey Devils already came into Sunday banged up, and now it looks like Jon Merrill might have gotten hurt in his first NHL game.

The 21-year-old blueliner took a spill/was tripped into the boards by Torrey Mitchell early in the first period of the Minnesota Wild’s game tonight. Video will be added when/if available, but until then, The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti described the fall:

  • Merrill was helped off the ice after falling feet-first, yet Gulitti believes it isn’t a leg injury.
  • He looked dazed while being helped off and has a cut above his eye.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo sees some similarities between Merrill’s spill and Kurtis Foster’s dangerous crash from years ago, only this wasn’t an icing.

Update: Here’s video of the fall:

[nbcsports_video src=http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=476354 width=620 height=383]

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