Alexander Semin was forced to leave Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues after taking a hard hit from Alex Pietrangelo. He missed the Carolina Hurricanes’ next game against the Boston Bruins, and the team has confirmed that he’ll be out for an unknown amount of time with a concussion.
Muller confirmed Semin is out with a concussion. He will go through further testing to determine the severity. 65 out with flu today.
— Chantel McCabe (@CanesChantel) November 19, 2013
Here’s a hit of the play that caused the head trauma for Semin.
Pietrangelo isn’t known for his physical play and doesn’t take penalties very often, but there’s no question that he got every bit of Semin with that hit. There was no call on the contact and the NHL didn’t come down with any supplemental discipline either.
This is the second concussion in a pretty compact amount of time for Semin. His season was ended early in 2013 when he began dealing with concussion symptoms, and this blow by Pietrangelo seems to have shook up those issues for Semin once again.
The ‘Canes had been hoping for more production from the forward up to this point to be sure, but they’re a much more talented group with him out on the ice than they are with him sitting in dark rooms or up in the press box. Carolina has been looking for offensive help this season anyway, and losing Semin only compounds their inability to score goals right now.