Blue Jackets' Anisimov leaves game on stretcher

Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov was taken out Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings on a stretcher.

Early in the second period, Anisimov tripped over Detroit's Ian White and fell to the ice. As he was falling, Detroit's Kyle Quincey also fell to the ice and his elbow came down on the head of Anisimov. After several minutes on the ground, his head and neck were immobilized and he was taken into the locker room on a stretcher.

It was later announced that he was awake and responsive and had been taken to Detroit Medical Center for further evaluation.

Anisimov has four goals and two assists in 15 games this season, his fifth in the NHL. He returned to play on Thursday after missing the previous two games with a foot injury.