BOSTON – It was a scary scene at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon as Buffalo netminder Matthew Hackett had to be wheeled off the ice on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury.
The incident happened in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres as Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was tripped up by Buffalo defenseman Jamie McBain, and then fell awkwardly on Hackett’s leg. Krug initially thought it was a harmless collision, but then heard the screams of pain from the Sabres goaltender.
“I haven’t had a chance to watch it back. Honestly, I don’t even know what happened. I just felt like my feet got kicked out from under me, and I landed on his leg. For a second I thought he was okay, and then he started screaming. I feel bad. It’s just a tough play. You never want to see stuff like that happen, no matter how it happens. It’s tough.”
Buffalo coach Ted Nolan said the injury was “pretty bad” following the game, and that much was clear when the goaltender couldn’t leave the ice without the aid of the stretcher. He was replaced by rookie netminder Connor Knapp, who is the NHL-record ninth goalie to dress for the Sabres in a game this season.
Hackett joins Steven Stamkos and Brooks Orpik as the third player that needed to be taken off the Garden ice this season on a stretcher, and his hopefully the last. Nolan said he wouldn’t have an update on Hackett until the Sabres returned to Buffalo for an examination with their medical staff.
“It doesn’t look good right now, we’re going to wrap him up as best as we can and get him back home,” said Nolan. “We want to get our doctors to look at him, but it doesn’t look too good right now.”
Knapp surrendered one goal, an errant David Krejci shot that bounced in off the goalie’s skate after a wild carom off the end boards, during his brief body of work in his NHL debut.