It was Ian White's first playoff game after six regular seasons. He didn't get to enjoy it for long.
The Sharks' defenseman had his head rammed into the glass late in the first period Thursday and didn't return. He looked wobbly on the ice and was escorted to the locker room after the hit, which came at the hands of Kings forward Jarret Stoll.
White will be re-evaluated today to determine the extent of the injury.
No penalty was called, but that doesn't mean the league won't issue supplemental discipline (a suspension) after reviewing the play.
White had been off to a great start. He did the leg work and earned an assist on San Jose's first goal, 28 seconds into the game. White skated the puck through the neutral zone, gaining the offensive zone before dishing to Ryane Clowe. Dany Heatley scored on the rebound of Clowe's bad-angle shot.
White also had two hits, a blocked shot and made a few good plays to keep the puck in the offensive zone before leaving.
The Sharks acquired White in February from Carolina for a second-round pick in the 2012 draft. It was the second time he had been traded this season; the Hurricanes acquired him from Calgary in November.
Ian White's playoff debut is short one for Sharks
San Francisco Chronicle | Apr 15