The Ottawa Senators lost Mika Zibanejad early in the third period of Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers after he took a headshot from Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas.
Gudas got his arm up and put a forearm across Zibanejad’s head on the hit. It sent Zibanejad off the ice immediately and no penalty was assessed on the play.
During the game the team announced that they would to hold Zibanejad out of the rest of the game for precautionary purposes. They didn’t have any update on his status after the game.
Coach Dave Cameron seemed to think after the game that Gudas should get a call from the Department of Player Safety for the hit.
#Sens Mika Zibanejad will be held out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons after being hit in the head earlier in the period.
— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) December 2, 2015
The DoPS will have a little while to think about the situation and weigh whether or not there are any lingering issues with Zibanejad since the Flyers don’t play again until Friday.
"I'd be shocked if that's not reviewable and suspended," said coach Dave Cameron about Gudas head shot. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 2, 2015
The team also lost Milan Michalek to a hand injury during the game. Michalek didn’t return to the ice with the team to start the third period. The team announced that he was held out with an upper body injury. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch noted that Michalek may have blocked a shot with his hand.
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