Downie had the puck in the Philadelphia end when he was hit in his head by Emelin. Downie remained down on the ice while play went the other way. Downie eventually got to his feet and skated off slowly with Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin walking next to him.
Emelin was assessed a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct at 16:15 of the second.
Downie missed two weeks with a concussion sustained during a fight in a game Nov. 1 against the Washington Capitals.
It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.
— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process
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