Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong is doing his best to make the show.  After a solid preseason, he almost saw his hopes dashed by the knee of Carolina’s Elias Lindholm. 

At 13:34 of the second period in Friday night’s game between the Pens and Canes, Lindholm took out Sprong with a knee at center ice. 

After remaining on the ice for a few moments, Sprong was assisted off the ice with an apparent injury to his left leg. 

Referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Dean Morton gave Lindholm a two-minute minor for kneeing. 

Rule 50 – Kneeing

50.1 Kneeing – Kneeing is the act of a player leading with his knee and in some cases extending his leg outwards to make contact with his opponent.

50.2 Minor Penalty – The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a minor penalty, based on the severity of the infraction, to a player guilty of kneeing an opponent.

 

Sprong returned to the ice later in the period. Fortunately, the impact was more on his thigh than on his knee. 

He was fortunate to escape injury on the play, just as much as Lindholm was fortunate to escape further discipline. Based on Sprong’s quick return, it looks like the officials made the right call by handing out a minor on the play.

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