“He was battling a guy in front of the net. A shot got deflected and hit him in the jaw,” Nelson said. “It was a freak accident.”
A first-round pick in 2007, Plante was playing his best hockey late in the season after being a healthy scratch earlier in the season. Including Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs, Plante appeared in 51 games with OKC.
“He got off to a rough start but was playing very well for us down the stretch,” Nelson said. “He was moving a lot quicker. It's pretty unfortunate this happened to him.”
The remainder of OKC's first-round series will be in Charlotte. Game 3 is Wednesday night, Game 4 Friday night. If necessary, Game 5 would be Saturday night. The winner advances to a best-of-7, second-round series.
The Barons have played well on the road the past seven weeks, going 9-1-2 away from home.
“I don't think it matters where we play right now,” Nelson said. “If we play with passion, play with energy we can have success.”