The Chicago Blackhawks sent Connor Bedard and a teammate on injured reserve following Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Bedard had to leave the game following a painful hit to the head by Devil’s defenseman Brendan Smith in the first period. Blackhawks left winger Nick Foligno had a few scuffles with Smith after the hit on Bedard, including one of the most extended fights of the NHL season. Here’s a video of the fight posted by Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago:
Nick Foligno drops the gloves with Brendan Smith, who injured Connor Bedard in the first period with a big hit.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) January 6, 2024
Chicago Blackhawks: A Connor Bedard injury update
According to a statement by the Blackhawks, Bedard and Foligno were sent on injured reserve Saturday. Bedard suffered a fractured jaw from Smith’s hit. Foligno sustained a fractured left finger.
UPDATE: We have placed Connor Bedard (fractured jaw) and Nick Foligno (fractured left finger) on injured reserve. pic.twitter.com/BZ27gEkcEW
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 6, 2024
The 11-26-2 Blackhawks have nine players on injured reserve.
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