October 11, 2010
With 5:42 left in the first period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres winger Pominville was checked from behind by Niklas Hjalmarsson(notes) -- his face bouncing off the glass, his body hitting the ice.
Via Kukla, here's the Buffalo broadcast that includes footage of Pominville being stretchered off:
According to the Canadian Press, the Sabres said "Pominville sustained a concussion, and was diagnosed in the building without going to a hospital." Later, the Sabres reported via their Twitter feed: "Just announced over the PA that Jason Pominville is resting comfortably in the Sabres locker room."
Hjalmarsson earned a 5-minute major for boarding, a game misconduct and a phone call from NHL Wheel of Discipline spinner Colin Campbell on Tuesday, we imagine. Was it a blindside hit? Tough to say he targeted the head, even if that's where the injury happened. But there's enough here for additional punishment without that rule.
UPDATE: Here's Hjalmarsson after the game, via the Buffalo News:
"Everything happened so fast, but I thought it was a hit shoulder-to-shoulder," Hjalmarsson said. "My intention, obviously, wasn't to hurt him. Our doctor said he was up and walking, so that was a big relief. It's never fun to see a guy lying on the ice like that. It's good to know he's up walking."
The News also reported that "Pominville suffered a concussion and a gash above his eye that required seven or eight stitches, but he was sitting up and talking well before his teammates finished a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks"