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Referee hit in the nose by puck in game between Sabres and Coyotes

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Referee hit in the nose by puck in game between Sabres and Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Referee Trevor Hanson has left a game between the Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes after being hit in the nose by a puck.

Hanson was in the corner late in the second period Thursday night, when a shot by Coyotes defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson caromed off the crossbar and hit Hanson in the nose.

Hanson doubled over in pain and skated to Phoenix's bench, where he was given a towel. Holding the towel to his face, Hanson was helped down the Coyotes tunnel to receive medical attention.

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