Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak will have a hearing for elbowing Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday that
In Tampa’s 5-2 victory over Buffalo on Monday, Dahlin was skating in the offensive zone and made a pass before Cernak came in and blindsided the 19-year-old defenseman with an elbow to the face. There was no call on the play, but Dahlin left the game, bleeding and holding his face as he headed down the tunnel.
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Sabres head coach Bill Krueger told reporters postgame that Dahlin had sustained a concussion from the hit.
“We’ll let the league deal with the judgment of what happened. Right now, we’re just worried about Rasmus and getting him healthy and hoping it’s not a long-term injury,” Krueger said, via The Buffalo News’ Lance Lysowski.
Due to the severity of the injury and the contact with the head, Cernak could very well receive a suspension. He does have a history, having been suspended for one game during the IIHF World Junior Championships when he elbowed Finland forward Mikko Rantanen in the head.
In 20 games this season, the 22-year-old Slovak has a single goal for the Lightning.