Buffalo (WKBW) It just keeps getting uglier for the Buffalo Sabres. The team dropped to 1-8-1 on the season with a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night and will likely lose forward John Scott to a suspension.
Scott was given a match penalty for his ugly hit to the head on Loui Eriksson in the third period. Eriksson was skating through the neutral zone and had just passed the puck when Scott caught him late with a shoulder/elbow targeting the head. TSN's Bob Mckenzie reported late Wednesday night that the NHL had already requested an in-person meeting with Scott about the incident, which likely means at least a five-game suspension is on the way.
It was an ugly end to another ugly game for the Sabres. Bruins forward Milan Lucic was credited with his first of two goals in the game at 11:01 of the first period. The Sabres have been outscored 14-1 in the first period through the first 11 games.
Lucic then scored his fifth goal of the season just :40 into the second to give Boston a 2-0 lead. Cody Hodgson got the Sabres on the board on the power play, before Dougie Hamilton made it 3-1 Boston with his second of the year 3:29 later. Rookie Nikita Zadorov scored his first NHL goal later in the second to cut the Bruins lead to 3-2. That's as close as the Sabres would get.
Torey Krug scored a pair of goals in the third period for Boston.
The Sabres head to Florida for a game against the Panthers on Friday, then a contest against Tampa Bay on Saturday.