NHL referee Kelly Sutherland appeared woozy as he skated off the ice after a deflected shot struck him in the face early the first period of Buffalo’s home game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Sutherland was watching the play just off the right corner when Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold took a shot from the right point. The puck deflected off a Rangers player in front and hit Sutherland 5:37 into the game.
Sutherland never went down, but held his face in pain as play was stopped. He did not appear to be cut. After being treated by a trainer, he appeared woozy as he was escorted off the ice.
The Sabres had no immediate update on Sutherland’s status. The game resumed with one referee and two linesmen.