Loui Eriksson trying to keep his head up after latest scare
|01.17.14 at 12:23 am ET|
DALLAS — It wasn’t a great sight for the Bruins to see Loui Eriksson take a big hit from Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon in the neutral zone during the second period of Thursday’s game. Fortunately for the B’s, Eriksson said following the game that he has no grogginess to show for it.
Eriksson had just passed the puck at around center ice when Dillon delivered the crushing hit, knocking the Bruins forward to the ice likely playing a role in why he spent the next six and a half minutes or so on the bench. The former Star was playing in his third game since returning from his second concussion of the season, so he was relieved that he didn’t suffer a third.
“It was a good test,” Eriksson said with a laugh. “I felt alright after that one and I haven’t had any feeling afterwards, so that was a good test.”
Though Eriksson was upbeat following the game, there is no doubt that he needs to stop playing with his head down. Asked if he is more aware that he needs to keep his head up in the neutral zone given his concussions, he said he is.
“I think I am,” Eriksson said. “That one, I don’t know what happened. I got caught again in kind of the same situation, but hits happen in the game and you just have to be ready for it. That one, it was a good hit.”
Eriksson, who played seven seasons in Dallas before being dealt to the Bruins in the Tyler Seguin trade last summer, was greeted at the American Airlines Center with a “THANK YOU, LOUI” message on the scoreboard during a first-period intermission. Eriksson was then shown on the screen as fans gave him a standing ovation.
“I missed it, actually,” Eriksson said. “I had to talk to the coach there during that [stoppage], so I didn’t see it, but I heard it was nice. I heard the cheers and everything, so it was nice to hear.
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