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BTB BLOG: PAETSCH KNOCKED OUT COLD

by Brian Wheeler / Buffalo Sabres
Beyond the Boards is written by the Buffalo Sabres Website Manager, Brian Wheeler. Joining the Sabres prior to the 2003-04 season, Wheeler is the main contact and content editor for Sabres.com. He has worked in the NHL, NFL, AHL and NLL over the past 11 years.  Click here to send him an email.


 
The Buffalo blueline has turned into the black and blue line.  Nathan Paetsch became the latest Sabres defensemen to fall to injury when he suffered a concussion Wednesday night after being struck in the jaw with an elbow by Georges Laraque.

Laraque delivered the devastating blow behind the play and well after Paetsch had passed the puck up ice.

Paetsch collapsed following impact, laid motionless on the ice for several minutes and was nearly removed by a stretcher.  Laraque received a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Entering the game, Paetsch was recovering from whiplash in his neck that he suffered in a collision with the boards on Sunday.

Here are Lindy Ruff's update on Paetsch and his thoughts on the incident.

"He'll [Paetsch] will be out for a good period of time.  I think he's got a concussion and he was knocked out cold.  It was a cheap shot."

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Ruff Post-Game 
Do you think it's a suspendable play?

"How was it not suspendable if you're taking an elbow to the chin and you're out cold?  How is that not suspendable?  Someone would have to explain how it's not.  It's a tough one but he [Laraque] went right after him, got him right on the button and knocked him out cold.  

"I think that's an easy suspension.  I don't know how long or whether it was deliberate on [Laraque's] part, but everybody saw it.  I don't think the video lies on that one, does it?"

[Update: March 13, 2008, 4:55 p.m.:  Laraque received a three-game suspension for throwing that elbow.}
 
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