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Voracek feeling fine after head-butt incident

Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 5:38 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

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Voracek feeling fine after head-butt incident
PHILADELPHIA -- A night after being head butted by Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said he felt fine, and didn't even know exactly what happened until he saw the replay this morning.

Today it was announced Kaleta was suspended four games for the incident.

"I didn't even know he hit me with his head," Voracek said. "I felt something hit and when I saw it on the replay this morning, I found out he head butted me."
 
At 4:58 of the first period, with a group of players battling along the boards -- among them Voracek and Kaleta -- the Sabres forward drove his head into Voracek's face.

"I was battling for the puck and I felt something hit me," Voracek said. "He made a few steps back and hit me with his head. The way the League looks at those things right now, it was possible he gets suspended."

Voracek refused to say if he thought it was intentional or not.

"It's hard to say," Voracek said. "He's got to know if he did it on purpose or not. I can't go into his head."

Voracek also was asked about Saturday's visit by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that traded him to Philadelphia in June.

"It's going to be very exciting," he said. "But we have a big game tonight and I have to re-focus on tonight. Tomorrow we'll worry about Saturday."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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