NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who was hospitalized Saturday night for a “dented trachea,” has joined the team for its Sunday morning flight to Detroit.
Colaiacovo suffered the injury when he was cross-checked to the throat by Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson during the second period. He was treated in a Nashville hospital and then released.
Arvidsson was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the cross-check. While the injury was painful, neither coach felt the blow that caused it was malicious.
“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”
Said Nashville’s Peter Laviolette: “It was tough for Arvidsson. I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”