Sabres’ Dahlin won’t return to Lightning game after errant elbow

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(UPDATE: Cernak has been suspended two games.)

With a 2-7-1 record in their last 10 games, things haven’t been going so well for the Buffalo Sabres after a strong start. Losing sophomore stud defenseman Rasmus Dahlin for an extended period of time would make matters much worse.

Dahlin left Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after taking an elbow up high from Bolts defenseman Erik Cernak.

To put things mildly, Sabres fans and media weren’t happy about Cernak avoiding a penalty. You can watch it for yourself in the video above this post’s headline.

After the game Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said that Dahlin suffered a concussion as a result of the hit. There’s no timetable for his return to the lineup.

“Very disappointing,” Krueger said. “We’ll let the league deal with the judgment of what happened. Right now, we’re just worried about Rasmus and getting him healthy and hoping that it’s not a long-term injury.”

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.