Sabres Player Potentially Facing Lengthy Suspension

Published October 28, 2023 at 9:06
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The New Jersey Devils emerged victorious in their tough and thrilling Friday night match-up against the Buffalo Sabres, winning the contest 5-4.

The score was tied 3-3 entering the third period. Jack Hughes' powerplay goal gave New Jersey a 4-3 lead, but Dylan Cozens quickly tied the score. Eric Haula scored the game-winning goal with 5:43 left in the game and the Devils held on for the victory. However, the game was not without one controversial hit.

First period hit



With four minutes remaining in the first period, New Jersey Devils captain, Nico Hischer, tipped the puck into the defensive zone when Connor Clifton came for a hit and made contact with Hischer's head, seen the in the tweet below.



Clifton was assessed a match penalty for head contact and five minutes for fighting. Elliotte Friedman tweeted after the game that Clifton would be hearing from NHL Player Safety soon.


NHL Player Safety then confirmed Friedman's story by sending out the following tweet.


Remainder of the game for Hischer



Nico Hischer came out late in the second period and continued to play. He did not play the third period for what Head Coach Lindy Ruff called "precautionary reasons", as Hischer had taken another pretty big hit in the second period.

It is unknown how long Nico Hischer will be out of action. It is also unknown how many games Connor Clifton will be suspended for.
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