Is “adding insult to injury” the right phrase to describe Saturday’s game in Boston?
The Buffalo Sabres were looking to kick off their final weekend of the season with a win against the Bruins. However, more injuries cost the Buffalo Sabres as the Sabres fall to the Bruins 4-1 at the TD Bank Garden.
The game started off with forward Chris Stewart leaving with a lower-body injury just 20-seconds into the game. Later, forward Brian Flynn left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury.
In the third period, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff left the contest with an upper-body injury. Also in the third period, goaltender Matt Hackett was taken off on a stretcher after Bruins defenseman Torey Krug fell on Hackett’s knee.
In addition to the injuries, the Sabres lost defenseman Jake McCabe in the third period to a game misconduct after, what seemed to be, a clean hit put on Bruins forward Dan Paille.
Amidst all his fallen comrades, Cody Hodgson was able to score his 20th goal of the season. With Hodgson’s 20th goal, it is the first time in his NHL career that he has reached the 20-goal plateau.
With Matt Hackett leaving the game due to his injury, Connor Knapp made his NHL debut in relief of Hackett. Knapp made six saves on seven shots faced in 11:35 of total ice-time.
With Boston’s win, the Bruins have won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s top team. The Bruins will now have home-ice advantage throughout the NHL playoffs.
With the loss, the Sabres now fall to 21-51-9 with one game remaining in the 2013-14 NHL season. The Sabres close out the season on Sunday afternoon with a matchup with the New York Islanders. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on MSG Network and WGR 550 AM.