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Panthers' Barkov leaves game with lower-body injury

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 8:38 PM / News
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Panthers' Barkov leaves game with lower-body injury
Florida Panthers rookie center Aleksander Barkov left the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Tuesday with a lower-body injury and will not return.

BUFFALO – Florida Panthers rookie center Aleksander Barkov left the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Tuesday with a lower-body injury and will not return.

Barkov played 5:31 in the first period. He did not take another shift after recording the secondary assist on Sean Bergenheim’s 11th goal of the season with 1:56 to play in the first.

Barkov was the third player selected at the 2013 NHL Draft. He is ninth in rookie scoring this season with 23 points.

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