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by Paul on 01/25/12 at 12:23 PM ET
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres’ never-ending quest to get healthy remains just that. Buffalo suffered another unexpected absence Tuesday, losing center Jochen Hecht to a concussion. He took part in the morning skate prior to the 2-1 shootout win over New Jersey, but he quickly began to feel terrible.
Hecht visited with doctors, who diagnosed him with his second concussion of the season and third in less than a year.
“He’s not good,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the game. “He’s got concussion symptoms. Wasn’t feeling bad [Monday]. He took a hit from [T.J.] Oshie in St. Louis, kind of an elbow — and came off [Tuesday] and he was a mess. He couldn’t focus. Emotionally, he was really unstable. He’s in a tough place right now. We’re worried. ... To come off and be the way he was tells you that there’s something wrong.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The hope is that by Tuesday, when the Bruins next play, Nathan Horton will be well enough to return to the lineup. For Horton and the Bruins, the All-Star break is taking place at the right time.
Horton missed last night’s 5-3 loss to the Capitals because of a mild concussion. His symptoms include headaches, according to coach Claude Julien.
“He’s doing as well as he can for a guy with a mild concussion,’’ Julien said. “He didn’t skate today. He’s still suffering from mild headaches.
“Concussions are day-to-day. At the end of this five-day break, hopefully we’ll have the news we want to hear.’’
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