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Sabres’ Antipin released from hospital after Hartnell hit

Update: Fantastic news from the Buffalo Sabres: Victor Antipin is no longer hospitalized after being taken under observation on Saturday night. It’s a promising sign that he’s been released during the same night as the Sabres’ 7-4 win against Nashville.
[Click here for Scott Hartnell’s take on the hit.]

Sadly, there’s been another scary incident that required a player leaving the ice on a stretcher today.

The latest instance came after Scott Hartnell hit Victor Antipin from behind with an awkward-looking hit. Hartnell received a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for the check, which set the stage for the Buffalo Sabres to take a 6-4 lead against the Nashville Predators heading into the second intermission.

Take a look at the hit from this video:

As well as a slow-motion version:

The Predators may suffer an injury from this game, too, as Viktor Arvidsson was shaken up after falling into the boards following a first-period collision.

This post will be updated when more is known about the Antipin’s status.

Early word isn’t optimistic regarding Brandon Carlo, the Boston Bruins defenseman who left a game against the Florida Panthers on a stretcher. In Carlo’s case, it looked like a pretty gruesome leg injury.

Update: Sabres coach Phil Housley said that, while Antipin’s been taken to hospital, the team is under the impression that he’s “doing well now,” according to the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.