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BARKOV LEAVES GAME: Horachek Says Rookie Should be Fine

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BUFFALO -- Rookie center Aleksander Barkov left late in the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

Coach Peter Horachek said the injury isn't considered serious adding that Barkov was lifted from the game for precautionary reasons.

Barkov, the second-overall pick of the 2013 draft, leads the Panthers in points.

"They said it would be safer .-.-. He probably could have gone back out,'' Horachek said afterward. "We were [winning] and on the road. We just want to be very careful with him.''