Bo Horvat takes a hit to the head from Montour
— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays) December 7, 2019
- With just minutes to play in the third period, captain Bo Horvat was pulled from the ice by the NHL’s neutral concussion spotter.
- The Canucks’ captain had taken a heavy hit to his face moments before and look dazed.
- He didn’t return to the game, but was rinkside to congratulate his teammates after the overtime goal.
— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) December 8, 2019
- The controversy began with just over 5 minutes of time left to go in the third period when Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour delivered a rather questionable hit to Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, one that seemingly went unnoticed by the National Hockey League’s officials on the ice.
- The crowd in Vancouver certainly noticed it however as they were quick to shower that officiating crew with chants of “refs you suck” aplenty, but the damage had already been done and the Sabres were walking away without so much as a slap on the wrist.
- The hit, which appeared to catch Horvat primarily in the head, forced the Canucks captain to retreat back to the bench.
- The dressed-in-retro-black Canucks got two goals from Josh Leivo and Antoine Roussel and a short-handed marker from Tyler Myers, while the Sabres’ goals were scored by Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Ristolainen, Victor Olofson, Zemgus Girgensons and Marcus Johansson.
- J.T. Miller scored the winning goal on a power play in overtime after Henri Jokiharju took a tripping penalty.
Sources & Credits: Patrick Johnston, Postmedia News, Hockeyfeed
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