Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala will miss the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a fractured left femur in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the St. Louis Blues, president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile announced Thursday.
"During last night's game, Kevin Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur," Piole said in a release on the team's website. "He underwent successful surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and is resting comfortably. He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to help his teammates in their quest for the Stanley Cup, but is looking forward to starting his rehabilitation upon his return to Nashville. The Predators organization would like to thank the St. Louis Blues Medical Team, especially Head Trainer Ray Barile, Drs. Rick Wright and William Ricci, as well as the nurses and personnel at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital for their outstanding care."
Fiala was driven hard into the boards by St. Louis Blues defenceman Robert Bortuzzo in the second period of Game 1 of their second round series. Fiala's legs separated as he went into the boards and he was unable to get back to his feet after the collision. He was stretchered off the ice.
Fiala had logged 5:19 of ice time in Game 1 before the injury, which occured 1:46 into the second period. Play was delayed after Fiala left for a local hospital as the arena needed to have an ambulance in attendance for the game to resume.
The 20-year-old scored two goals, including the Game 3 overtime winner, in the Predators' first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks. He scored 11 goals and added five assists in 54 games during the regular season.
Fiala was selected 11th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.