A “lower body injury” sustained on this play knocked Thomas Vanek out of Game Two. It was a dirty play by Johnny Boychuk and since this is the NHL, he probably won’t be punished for it.
Watching him skate off reminded me of two plays that left my heart in my throat. The first was last March when Scott Gomez ran Ryan Miller and ended his season. The second was the home game this season against Detroit when Vanek scored, fell into the boards and missed a few games with a shoulder injury as a result. Not good memories.
With Jochen Hecht already out, Buffalo can’t afford to lose Vanek for any extended period of time, especially because he’s been so dominant in the last few games.
If there’s an update from the Sabres, we’ll be sure to pass it along.
Video via Kuklas Korner.