Thursday’s roundup: Sabres' Kane injured in loss
Sabres forward Evander Kane has been helped off the ice after colliding heavily into the end boards late in the second period of Buffalo’s season-opening game against Montreal on Thursday night.
Kane was hurt while racing Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin for a loose puck up the left wing in the Montreal zone. Kane reached out for the puck when the two bumped. Kane lost his balance, fell and slid with his left elbow slamming into the boards.
He lay in pain for several minutes while being attended to by a trainer. After being helped up, Kane was doubled over and slowly made his way off the ice and was led directly into the locker room.
Emelin wasn’t penalized.
The Sabres had no immediate update on Kane’s status.
Buffalo is already banged up. Star second-year center Jack Eichel is expected to miss at least a month after spraining his left ankle in practice Wednesday.
Quick goes on IR
The Kings placed Jonathan Quick on injured reserve after the star goalie got hurt in the first period of their season opener.
Quick incurred an unspecified lower-body injury during Los Angeles’ opener at San Jose while making a fairly ordinary stretch to stop a scoring chance by Joe Pavelski. Quick was replaced by new backup Jeff Zatkoff for the final two periods of the Kings’ 2-1 loss.
The club described Quick’s absence as “week-to-week.”
The Kings recalled NHL veteran Peter Budaj from their AHL affiliate in Ontario. Los Angeles’ home opener is Friday night against Philadelphia.
Sabres GM gets extension
The Sabres signed general manager Tim Murray to a multiyear contract extension. The team did not reveal details of the contract.
The architect of the team’s rebuilding plan, Murray was entering the final season of his contract after being hired in January 2014. He replaced Darcy Regier, who was fired two months earlier.
In that time, Murray has undertaken a top-to-bottom overhaul of the Sabres’ roster, purging high-priced and aging veterans. He has rebuilt the team through trades and the draft.
After finishing last in 2013-14 and 2014-15, the Sabres jumped to 23rd in the NHL standings last season with a 35-36-11 record.
The Ducks claimed F Emerson Etem off waivers from Vancouver. Etem, who was Anaheim’s first-round pick in 2010, is a Long Beach, Calif. native.