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Penguins Chad Ruhwedel suffers concussion in Game 4

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel suffered a concussion during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final after taking an elbow to the face from Ottawa Senators wing Bobby Ryan, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.

Ruhwedel remained on the ice for a few moments after taking the hit and had a bloody nose. He was then assisted to the dressing room and did not return to the game.

Ryan was not penalized for the hit, which occurred during the first period.

The Penguins won the game, 3-2, to tie the series at 2-2.

The 27-year-old Ruhwedel is in his first season with Pittsburgh.

He spent the first four years of his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, playing only scarcely. He broke into the league during the 2012-13 campaign, playing in just seven games.

Ruhwedel appeared in just 33 contests combined throughout his four seasons with the Sabres, failing to score a goal and tallying two assists. Most of his playing time came during the 2013-14 season, where he played in 21 games and received 375 minutes of ice time.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder played in 34 games with the Penguins during the 2016-17 regular season, scoring the first two goals of his career. He also tallied eight assists and managed a plus-9 plus-minus stat over 589 minutes of ice time.

Ruhwedel hasn’t played too much during the playoffs, however, taking the ice only six games and playing a total of 85 minutes.

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. You can catch the action on NBC.

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