Originally posted on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 1/16/14
The surging New York Islanders have lost their top defenseman to a suspected concussion.It was originally thought that Travis Hamonic was suffering from the flu when he was forced from Sunday's 4-2 win at Dallas, but when the standard bed rest and hydration didn't relieve the symptoms, team trainers sent him back to the island to have him undergo testing for a concussion.If the ultra-durable Hamonic is forced to miss any significant time, it could be a huge blow to an Islanders' team just starting to find traction after a miserable start to their season, winning seven of nine including streaks of three and four games.Hamonic, who missed Tuesday's loss at Florida, will miss Thursday night's match at Tampa Bay as well - the first time in nearly two years that the big minute-eating blue liner has missed any time to injury.In 46 games this season, the stay-at-home defenseman has scored one goal and assisted on eight others, sporting a minus-three rating while averaging jus...
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