Connor McDavid breathed a big sigh of relief when X-rays revealed he did not break his leg after crashing into the post on Saturday night against the Calgary Flames.
But in the moment, the Edmonton Oilers superstar feared the worst.
"I was just worried to stand up. I thought my leg was just going to give away," McDavid told reporters Sunday. "If I'm being completely honest, I thought my leg was in two pieces."
McDavid was upended by Mark Giordano after burning the Flames defenseman wide. He was skating over 25 mph prior to the trip.
McDavid did not think it was a dirty play by Giordano.
"You can't fault Giordano for trying to make a play on the puck," said McDavid, adding that blue-liner was very apologetic afterward.
When a reporter asked whether the injury would change the way he drives to the net in the future, McDavid responded emphatically.
"They pay me $100 million to play my game, part of my game is beating guys wide and going to the net," he said. "So I'll have to give my money back (to Oilers owner Daryl Katz) if I stop doing that, so I'm not doing that."
McDavid aired his disappointment in the Oilers' latest letdown after a loss to the Vegas Golden Knights officially eliminated them from playoff contention earlier in the week, and his sentiment remains the same.
"I'd be a complete loser if I wasn't frustrated," he said. "It's frustrating personally, it's frustrating as a group. We want to be in the playoffs, we want to be competing late in the season."
McDavid's comments in Vegas led some to believe he wants out of Edmonton, but the 22-year-old squashed that notion.
"I want to be here. If I didn't want to be here I wouldn't have signed an eight-year deal," he said.