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Sabres' Kaleta taken to hospital after hit

Wednesday, 01.30.2013 / 1:56 AM / News

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Sabres' Kaleta taken to hospital after hit
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was taken to the hospital for tests after taking a big hit late in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta was taken to the hospital for tests after taking a big hit late in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kaleta, who has had a history of head and neck problems, was boarded by Toronto's Mike Brown, who was assessed a minor penalty for the play. Kaleta skated off with 2:26 left in the period and did not return.

"It's a neck injury," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after the 4-3 overtime loss. "He was x-rayed here and they took a precaution. They took him for some further tests. I have no update."

Ruff said he didn't feel Brown's hit was dirty.

"I thought he was sideways," Ruff said. "Some of the obligation is on the player [being hit]. He wasn't defenseless. It's a tough area. It wasn't a blatant run at a guy from behind."

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