NHL clarifies bizarre concussion protocol incident with Kings' Quick

Even the goalie didn't know what the heck happened!

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Jonathan Quick was briefly removed from Monday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, because an NHL concussion spotter noticed he had exhibited signs of a potential head injury. However the Los Angeles Kings goalie returned to the game moments later without undergoing concussion protocol.

The bizarre incident led the NHL to clarify what took place. First, here's a look at what happened to Quick on the ice: 

Minutes after the hit, concussion spotters made the choice to pull him from the game and backup goalie goalie Darcy Kuemper entered the game. Quick began to walk down the tunnel to the dressing room but turned around and returned to the bench. He did speak with his trainer, but returned to the game only to be forced to sit on the bench until the next stoppage, per NHL rules. Kuemper was in the match for a total of 36 seconds and stopped the one shot he faced.

The NHL later offered the following ruling and explanation, per Sportsnet's John Shannon:

For what Shannon has shared on social media, Quick wasn't struck by a shoulder, so his removal from the game was not mandatory, and the Kings were then able to rule him healthy enough to return. 

"You gotta ask the league. I don't know what they were doing. I don't know what the f--- happened," Quick told Sportsnet after the game.

Maybe that clears things up a bit...