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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.''



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IMO, the right move. No need to needlessly risk further injury for a nothing game, one the road, against the worst team(points-wise) in the Eastern Conference.

Was hoping this club could get back to .500 before the Olympic break, but, they're playing well, and, as long as Timmy can stay on the ice, they have a chance every night.

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