There was a pretty terrifying scene in Montreal during the second period of Thursday's Senators-Canadiens game. Montreal forward Lars Eller had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was on the receiving end of a brutal hit delivered by Eric Gryba.

While attempting to accept a pass coming through the neutral zone, Eller was crushed by Gryba and fell face first onto the ice resulting in a massive pool of blood. Trainers and team doctors immediately rushed on to the ice and eventually were able to get him off the ice after several tense minutes.

The aftermath of that was this image (I'm not going to post in the blog, but if you want to see it you can click here. Warning: It's a lot of blood.)

Gryba was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.

The Canadiens announced that Eller is conscious and alert and is being taken to the hospital for further examination. He will be kept for observation after suffering "head and facial injuries."

The hit wasn't good at all (he's probably going to be suspended for it), but the most damage appeared to be done when Eller actually hit the ice. It was all very similar to what happened to Kevin Stevens during the 1992-93 playoffs.