George Parros Injury: Updates on Canadiens Wing's Concussion, Likely Return Date
The two enforcers engaged with one another as Orr and Carter Ashton were trying to score on a two-on-one break early in the third period. As referees were approaching to stop the bout, Parros fell to the ground and drove his shoulder and head into the Bell Centre ice.
Parros has been released from the hospital and is now "almost symptom free", according to Dave Stubbs of The Montreal Gazette.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
Dave Stubbs of The Montreal Gazette provides an update from Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin on Parros' status:
“He is feeling good, doing a lot better,” Bergevin said, while cautioning that Parros shouldn’t be expected back on the ice imminently.
“A concussion is a hard thing to gauge,” Bergevin said. “You could have a guy out a week or 10 days – (Brendan) Gallagher last year was quick but (Rene) Bourque and Raffi (Raphael Diaz) went longer. You never know with concussions. Overall we’re pretty happy with where George is at today, looking at everything that happened.
“Every day is just a checklist. It’s to check the symptoms, a whole bunch of them – headaches, (sensitivity to) lights… He’s almost symptom-free as we speak. Every day is an evaluation because the next day could be worse but so far, it’s been going up every day.
“I’m pretty confident that George will be back sooner than later.”
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 2
NHL.com has the latest on Parros' status going forward:
The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that forward George Parros was released from the hospital after suffering a concussion in Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will be out indefinitely.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 1
Here is video of the fight:
Although Orr was pulling his jersey as he was falling, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN points out that Parros' injury appeared to be self-sustained:
Replays appear to show Parros knocked himself out while falling, wasn't a punch from Orr. And credit Orr for quickly waving for trainer— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2013
Lying on the ground motionless, the 33-year-old winger was quickly attended to by the trainers on-hand. He was then taken off the ice on a stretcher, with his head and neck put in protective restraining devices.
In the aftermath of the brawl, both men were awarded game misconducts. Orr was awarded 29 penalty minutes in his only shift on the ice.
Tuesday's ugly development is just the latest in a long rivalry between two of the game's fiercest enforcers. Parros and Orr have a long history of fighting dating back to Parros' days with the Anaheim Ducks, often engaging one another from the first moment they share the ice.
Parros was playing in his first game with Montreal after coming over from the Florida Panthers this summer. Orr, 31, is in his fifth season in Toronto.
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