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Video: Tyler Ennis won’t return after Wayne Simmonds hit

Mar 10, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis won’t return to Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of an upper-body injury caused by a Wayne Simmonds check.

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That hit forced Simmonds to fight Mike Weber, who was tossed from the game and given a two-minute instigator penalty for dropping the gloves. Simmonds, 24, didn’t receive a penalty for the check, only getting the standard five minutes for fighting.

Ennis, 23, has 18 points in 25 games this season. He was limited to just 48 games played in 2011-12 after playing all 82 in 2010-11.

It’s worth noting that he had problems with a shoulder injury while playing in Switzerland during the lockout.

  1. aklolzer - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    And weber was wobbled during the fight. 2 concussions, one shift, awesome.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Lolzer js a douche.

  3. crispythirteen - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Monster shift by the Wayne Train. Clean hit, clean fight. What a beast.

  4. killerpgh - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Hate the Flyers, but that hit was 100% on Ennis for turning in his back to the player and putting himself in a dangerous position.

  5. ibieiniid - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    i think this hit and the Schenn hit played perfectly (luckily) for the Flyers. if it were Gerbe getting hurt by that Schenn hit, I could see there being a substantial fine or suspension to one of the Flyers key pieces on defense as of late. and if Ennis wasn’t hurt on that Simmonds hit, there wouldn’t even be a talk about it maybe being dirty, just a hockey play in my opinion.

    exactly the opposite happened though. the cleaner of the two produced an injury and I doubt will be punished, and the dirty one just had Gerbe down for a minute, no injury. I do think the Schenn one was worthy of the 2 minute they called, maybe a 5, but it’s a borderline suspension hit at best, without the injury.

    on a Sabres note, aside from the Weber instigator, they showed surprisingly good discipline. Ott was in the Flyers’ ears all night, but didn’t do anything stupid (except that Rinaldo interference) and let the Sabres get back in that game.

    first flyers game this week I’ve enjoyed watching… clearly.

  6. hockinj25 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    This is 100% on Ennis. The players taking the hit have to learn just like the players doing the hitting.

  7. kgun80 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It was clean..I’ll give Weber credit the kid has taken some shots from good fighters this season he always defends his teammates but he was definitely overmatched.

    • travishenryskid - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      You know who I don’t give credit? Steve Ott, who was acquired for his supposed toughness, yet he was the closest to the hit and he skates away. Derek Roy could’ve done that, and maybe our PP wouldn’t be last in the league too.

  8. hockeyfan28 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Maybe it was the decision to bring back Knock Knock as their victory song…hit was clean

  9. travishenryskid - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    If it was Kaleta instead of Simmonds it would be dirty.

  10. nflfan4now - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Sorry Flyer fanatics, not a Sabres fan but both of those hits are suspension worthy! But since indirectly NBC owns the flyers, and they are desperate to get them in the playoffs, I’ll bet nothing happens.

    Interesting too they saved their dirtiest hits for the two smallest Sabres, really brave guys!!!

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