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Scott Timmins has slight Concussion ... Hit on Purpose?

Timmins Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said that center Scott Timmins had a slight concussion after being knocked cold by Ottawa's Francis Lessard during Thursday's game.

Lessard was assessed a five-minute major for charging and ejected from the game.

Lessard caught Timmins flush in the face but was not suspended.

DeBoer said his first reaction to the hit was that it wasn't intentional. He appears to have changed his mind. And, DeBoer said, he didn't think the officials overreacted in penalizing Lessard off the heels of the much-publicized Zdeno Chara hit on Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

“I looked at the player that delivered [the hit]. He’s out there for one purpose and that is to intimidate,'' DeBoer said. “If Marty Reasoner delivers the same hit, does he get five minutes? Probably not. I think the referees are smart enough to know that guy is on the ice for one reason. That’s to try to intimidate or hurt somebody.”

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