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Sabres' Lehner back after neck-related headache

After missing Buffalo’s last game with an injury, Robin Lehner joined the Sabres for their morning skate Tuesday. He was late.

The goaltender had to see doctors first.

“I got cleared late this morning, so I was a little late on practice, but I feel good,” Lehner said in KeyBank Center. “No symptoms in my head anymore, and I felt good.”

Lehner got hit in the head several times during Saturday’s start in Colorado, including a big blow by the Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie.

“In the second period, Barrie hits me with a pretty big hit right in the head, blindsided me pretty much,” Lehner said. “I got some small symptoms, but it was all neck related and I passed all my concussion testing. So I’m happy there’s nothing bad.”

Lehner suffered a devastating concussion in February 2015, and it affected him for months. He said this weekend’s shots didn’t worry him, and it’s a relief to hear the headache was neck related.

“I wasn’t worried that much,” Lehner said. “It was a minor, minor, minor, minor headache. We just were precautionary and went through testing and wanted to do everything right. It was a pretty big hit, too, so to be on the safe side of things. I wasn’t very worried.”

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