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Did Milan Lucic give Ryan Miller a concussion?

Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO NY - OCTOBER 14: Ryan Miller #30 the Buffalo Sabres makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game at First Niagara Center October 14, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Miller

Dave Sandford

Milan Lucic’s check on Ryan Miller was already bad enough in a vacuum, but if injuries factor into punishments, then the odds of a suspension just went up. Jhonas Enroth replaced Miller in the third period because he’s dealing with an “upper-body injury,” according to John Vogl.

I hate to throw the “C” word out here, but is it crazy to wonder if that “upper-body injury” is a concussion? As you may remember, Enroth heroically rode into Buffalo toward the end of last season after Miller was forced to miss the Sabres’ desperate playoff run with what was eventually revealed as a concussion.

Naturally, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for updates, although NHL teams aren’t exactly the most forthcoming folks when it comes to injury transparency. (See: the Sabres and Miller last season.) The one silver lining is that Enroth is playing outstanding hockey right now, so it might not be a disaster even if it is a serious injury.

OK, it might be less of a disaster. Anyway, stay tuned for more news about his condition; hopefully Miller’s just dealing with a sore neck or something that’s easier to rehab.