BUFFALO, N.Y. — Just two days after losing star center Jack Eichel to a long-term injury, the Buffalo Sabres suffered potentially another big loss Thursday night when first-line winger Evander Kane crashed into the end boards.
The play happened with 11.3 seconds to go in the second period of Buffalo’s season opener versus the Montreal Canadiens. Kane was tangled with Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin but appeared to simply lose an edge on his skates as he went flying violently into the boards.
He rolled around in clear agony on the ice. Kane needed help to get to the dressing room.
He did not return for the third period and there was no immediate word from the Sabres on his condition.
As for Eichel, Sabres general manager Tim Murray told reporters after the first period that the center could be out for as long as six to eight weeks although the team has not put a firm timeline on a return.
“I guess some guys have come back after four or so, but we can’t count on that and we can’t sit here and wait for four weeks to come and think it’s all going to get better. We have to prepare,” Murray said. “You know me, glass half empty, prepare long term and anything that is better than that is a bonus.”
Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov also missed Thursday’s opener against Montreal with injuries.