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2142829 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-09-19 22:51:29.0 UTC 2013-09-19T18:51:29.000-04:00 true adam-erne-suspended-three-games-for-sobotka-hit published 2013-09-19 23:06:01.0 UTC 2013-09-19T19:06:01.000-04:00 Lightning prospect Adam Erne was suspended by the league for three preseason games for his head shot Wednesday on Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka had to leave the game, but practiced Thursday and reports out of St. Louis said he is expected to play Saturday. Erne, 18, drafted No. 33 overall in June, was playing in his first NHL game. The hit, for which Erne apologized and said was unintentional, came early in the game. "I was facing one way and turned the other way and he was just kind of right there," Erne said after the game. "I wanted to hit him. I didn't think I was going to hit his head. It was a total accident. it wass my fault. I apologize." But the league said Erne targeted Sobotka's head with his shoulder and made Sobotka's head the primary point of contact. Go here to see the league's explanation. Damian Cristodero lightning Tampa Bay Lightning, Adam Erne, Vladimir Sobotka, Erne hit Sobotka Adam Erne suspended three games for Sobotka hit false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/lightning/2013/09/19/1379631962-adam-erne-suspended-three-games-for-sobotka-hit BlogArticle Lightning prospect Adam Erne was suspended by the league for three preseason games for his head shot Wednesday on Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.Tampa Bay Lightning, Adam Erne, Vladimir Sobotka, Erne hit SobotkaTampa Bay Lightning, Adam Erne, Vladimir Sobotka, Erne hit Sobotka 2267469 2016-03-01 17:50:17.0 UTC 6 Months Ago bruins-rinaldo-suspended-five-games-for-paquette-hit lightning Bruins' Rinaldo suspended five games for Paquette hit BlogArticle 2266029 2016-02-19 15:04:48.0 UTC 6 Months Ago no-hearing-set-for-stralman-for-little-hit lightning No hearing set for Stralman for Little hit BlogArticle 2275896 2016-05-04 14:54:00.0 UTC 4 Months Ago no-hearing-for-brian-boyle-over-hickey-hit lightning No hearing for Brian Boyle over Hickey hit BlogArticle <p>Lightning prospect Adam Erne was suspended by the league for three preseason games for his head shot Wednesday on Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.</p> <p>Sobotka had to leave the game, but practiced Thursday and reports out of St. Louis said he is expected to play Saturday. Erne, 18, drafted No. 33 overall in June, was playing in his first NHL game.</p> <p>The hit, for which Erne apologized and said was unintentional, came early in the game.</p> <p>&quot;I was facing one way and turned the other way and he was just kind of right there,&quot; Erne said after the game. &quot;I wanted to hit him. I didn't think I was going to hit his head. It was a total accident. it wass my fault. I apologize.&quot;</p> <p>But the league said Erne targeted Sobotka's head with his shoulder and made Sobotka's head the primary point of contact. Go <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=683254&amp;navid=nhl:topheads">here</a> to see the league's explanation.</p>falseruntime2016-08-30 05:59:55