By John Vogl
Andrej Sekera crawled to the bench in the opening minute of the Sabres' 6-1 loss after absorbing a slap shot by Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin. During a stoppage in play, Sekera was helped to the dressing room but returned a short time later.
He played four more shifts in the first period but didn’t return after intermission. He was scheduled to have further tests Saturday.
“It looks like just a bruise,” Ruff said. “It doesn’t look like it should be too long. He tried to gut it out. There was just a lot of discomfort, which didn’t allow him to keep playing.”
If Sekera is unable to play Sunday at home against Florida, the Sabres would replace him with T.J. Brennan.