Martin Erat's Czech Republic team suffered a major blow Saturday when it was upset by Slovakia, 3-1, in the semifinal game of the IIHF World Hockey Championships.
But Erat personally suffered a major blow when he was absolutely crushed by Libor Hudacek in the corner midway through the first period.
I don't speak the language this clip is in, but that uncomfortable exhalation is the same in any language, and I'm about 99 percent positive the word "blindside" is uttered at the 0:31 mark.
That said, Erat does some high-quality puck-watching here. First he's looking back over his left shoulder. Then he swivels his head and looks back over his right shoulder. Then Hudacek drills him, with the Slovak forward's shoulder connecting with his chin.
Erat left the game and would not return, and according to Czech GM Slava Lener, he won't return for the bronze medal game either. The Nashville Predators' forward has a concussion. Here's hoping he's recovered in time for training camp next fall.
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