Stars’ Scott Wedgewood stretchered off ice vs. Panthers – USA TODAY

Dallas Stars goaltender Scott Wedgewood left the ice on a stretcher Thursday night after making a pair of back-to-back saves against the Florida Panthers.

Wedgewood had stopped Florida’s Anton Lundell on a short-handed breakaway at 14:01 of the second period and also got the rebound, then after he reached back to freeze the puck, he started grabbing at his back.

Medical personnel came out to check on him as he lay on his back, and eventually, teammates moved the net and the staff called for a stretcher.

Wedgewood, the team’s backup goalie, had stopped 21 of 23 shots before leaving with a 5-2 lead.

No. 1 goalie Jake Oettinger, who had recently returned to action after an injury, came into the game and finished up the 6-4 Dallas victory.

The Stars tweeted that Wedgewood was “okay” and was being evaluated in the dressing room.

Although there was no official update on Wedgewood’s condition from the team immediately after the game, forward Tyler Seguin said “his spirits seem a lot better now and it is nice seeing him walking around. I gave him a high-five.”

Stars coach Peter DeBoer provided the following update on Friday, according to NHL.com.

“He’s better today, so some positive signs … it was a good day. He got up, felt significantly better, came to the rink. Potentially might skate tomorrow. More day-to-day. It’s upper-body.

“I can count on one hand the number of guys that I’ve seen stretchered off the ice. When you see a stretcher come out, you know it’s serious, it’s significant. He was obviously in some distress there. Your immediate thoughts go, ‘Is he going to be OK?’ And then as the reports start coming back, we all felt better that he was just locked up.”

Wedgewood, 30, was credited with the win and has a 4-3-1 record, 3.23 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Contributing: Associated Press