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Ryan Miller: Neck pain, not concussion from Milan Lucic hit

Posted By Arielle Aronson On November 28, 2011 @ 4:04 pm In General | No Comments

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Ryan Miller now says he did not suffer a concussion from a Lucic hit. (AP)

Over two weeks ago, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made headlines when he publicly complained after Bruins forward Milan Lucic charged into him in the first period of the Bruins Nov. 12 win. The hit was so hard that it knocked Miller’s mask off, and Miller was removed from the game after the second period.

The team said at the time that Miller had a concussion. Miller later revealed that the team released that information as part of a bid to get Lucic suspended [2].

But NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan did not suspend or fine Lucic, and Miller has yet to play in a game since the hit. On Monday, Miller was on the ice in Buffalo before practice taking some shots and said he hoped to return to regular practices soon [3]. Miller also noted that he doesn’t think he suffered a concussion, saying it was more of a neck injury related to a disc problem.

“I feel good symptom-wise,” Miller told the Buffalo News. “It was more neck and something where I aggravated a disc in my neck pretty good and we had an MRI and CT-scan showing that which kind of backed that up and was the source of a lot of the tension and a lot of the discomfort.”


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