Marcus Foligno said he caught Ryan Carter “in the right area.” ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Marcus Foligno on fight with Ryan Carter: ‘I felt it, too’

BUFFALO – Marcus Foligno wanted to make sure Ryan Carter was OK. So the Sabres winger stopped punching after landing a big knockout blow to his opponent’s face Saturday in New Jersey.

“I’d say it’s just a little caution,” Foligno, who stayed with Carter for a few moments following the fight, said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “You hit a guy that hard, I felt it, too. You just caught him in the right area.”

Carter, who fell to the ice, left the Devils’ 1-0 overtime win. He’s day-to-day, according to reports.

Foligno said he wanted to be a “sportsmanship player.”

“You just don’t want to be on the other end of it,” he said. “So you want to think of that in that time, make sure he’s OK and go to the penalty box. Never after that (do) you want to waive your arms in the air and celebrate. It’s just you won the fight and everyone knows it.”

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