Monday, December 5, 2011

Nino has a concussion!!

If you missed it, rookie forward Nino Niederriter was diagnosed with a concussion yesterday after taking the in my opinion illegal check courtesy of Stars defenseman Mark Fistric on Saturday night in the Islanders @ Stars game.

About six minutes into the first period the Stars defenseman lined Nino up and came across the ice and in my opinon aimed right for the head and after contact left his feet on the follow through. Right following the hit, Matt Martin who was right beside the play dropped his gloves and went with Fistric. However, the refs broke them up quickly so they didn't really have a chance to go. Look for them to go on December 15th though when the Stars come to the Coliseum.

Nino, at first looked ok, but after he started skating you could see he was out of it and needed to be helped off the ice. What got me was, on the play it actually resulted in the Islanders being down a man since Fistric wasn't penalized for the hit. Matt Martin was given a double minor for roughing and Fistric simply a roughing minor. Very, very poor job by the officials there!!!

Speculation from Chris Botta and BD Gallof on twitter suggest that they expect Fistric to be suspended between 1 and 3 games. I hope they are right because it would be a gross injustice if they let him off scot free.

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