Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin found himself on the other end of a dangerous headshot on Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Skating in the offensive zone, Dahlin had the puck in the left circle and made a pass to the halfboard right before defenseman Erik Cernak sent a blindsided elbow to the 19-year-old blueliner’s head.
There was no penalty on the play and Dahlin left the game. Buffalo later announced in the third period that he would not return.
Following the game, head coach Ralph Krueger confirmed Dahlin suffered a concussion.
Krueger: “We’ll let the league deal with the judgement of what happened. Right now we’re just worried about Rasmus and getting him healthy and hoping it’s not a long-term injury.”
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Given the severity of the high hit to the head, Cernak could receive a hearing and potentially a suspension for the incident.
In 24 games this season, the 2018 first-overall pick has one goal and 16 points for the Sabres.
Cernak has a goal in 20 games for the Lightning this season. During the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, the Slovak was suspended for a game for elbowing Finland’s Mikko Rantanen with an elbow to the head.