The Buffalo Sabres have been marred by injuries this season. Look no further than Sunday night as they featured 10, count ‘em 10, scratches for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. And, when playing a physical team like the Flyers, there is bound to be more attrition.
Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel was the victim of an illegal hit from Zac Rinaldo that knocked him out of the game with a concussion.
But Ruhwedel was not the only member of the Buffalo blue line that suffered a pretty brutal injury on Sunday.
With the Flyers holding a 5-2 lead late in the third period, Scott Hartnell took the puck on a rush into the Sabres’ zone. Hartnell unleashed a seemingly-harmless wristshot that caught Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff square in the ear.
Ehrhoff went down for just a second then quickly got up and skated off the ice into the Sabres locker room. Sabres head coach Ted Nolan was asked about Ehrhoff following the game. “He took a puck to the head also,” Nolan said. “I didn’t see the doctor, but it looked pretty serious.”
Well, it was serious.
Ehrhoff tweeted a picture of his sliced ear (note: not for the squeamish) following the game saying it took “about 40 stitches” to close up the wound.
It is unclear whether there are any linger effects of the puck to the head (i.e. concussion) but it looks like the ear took the worst of it.