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Girgensons knocked out of Amerks' lineup, likely with concussion

By Mike Harrington

I wonder if tonight's Sabres scrimmage in First Niagara Center would have included a look at Zemgus Girgensons, the Latvian center the Sabres took two spots after Mikhail Grigorenko in the first round of the draft last June. Won't happen now because the 18-year-old was KO'd in a game Saturday night against Syracuse and Rochester coach Ron Rolston said today Girgensons will be out of the lineup for at least this week.

Girgensons was nailed by a late hit from Syracuse winger Richard Panik Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial and was helped off the ice. Defenseman T.J. Brennan, who joined the Sabres here Sunday, jumped in to fight Panik.

"I didn't like the hit," Brennan said after Sunday's practice in the FNC. "It was something you do where you stick up for your teammate."

Panik is likely to get suspended by the AHL, and he admitted today the hit went over the line as well.

Girgensons has three goals and six assists in 31 games as he's being brought along slowly in his first pro season. Here's a look at the hit. It starts at about 25 seconds in. Not a great replay admittedly but certainly looked late.

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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