via David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Howden was carrying the puck in the neutral zone when he tripped and fell to the ice. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg landed on Howden’s back, and they slid into the boards in front of the Predators’ bench. There was no penalty called on the play.
Howden crashed face-first and remained on the ice while receiving medical attention. The game was delayed for nine minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher.
DeBoer said officials asked if the Knights wanted to start the first-period intermission early, but they declined so they could stay with Howden while he was being treated on the ice.
“I thought liberty was taken,” DeBoer said. “He was in a vulnerable position. I thought he got driven into the boards from behind in a dangerous spot. My initial concern is obviously about our player. It was a really dangerous hit. Anytime you see someone get stretchered off your concern is there.”
The Knights said Howden was in stable condition and sent to a hospital for further evaluation. He had full movement, DeBoer added.
Watch the incident below.