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Video: Foligno scores, Sekera crashes hard into boards

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The Buffalo Sabres had a golden 2-on-1 opportunity midway through the first period of tonight’s game against Carolina and Marcus Foligno capitalized on it by burying the puck past goaltender Cam Ward.

At the same time Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was skating hard to try and get back into the play, but he ended up tripping over Ward and crashed hard into the end boards. He went to the dressing room and didn’t return before the end of the first period.

Update: Carolina has announced that Sekera has an upper-body injury and won’t return tonight.

You can see the play in the video below, including Foligno’s goal and Sekera’s injury:

Here is more of the immediate aftermath of Sekera’s injury:

Carolina has already dealt with more than its fair share of injuries so far in 2014-15. Jeff Skinner (concussion), Pat Dwyer (lower body), Eric Staal (upper body), and Jordan Staal (leg) weren’t available tonight.

NHL on NBCSN: Hurricanes, Sabres seek first win of 2014-15


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena at 7 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

To put things mildly, things haven’t been going well for the Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0) or the Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0) so far this season. It’s safe to say that Tuesday’s game will elicit more than a few references to Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and the 2015 NHL Draft in general.

Despite the “tanking” talk that might arise on social media, the bottom line is that both teams should be motivated to grab that elusive first win of 2014-15.

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The Hurricanes will come into tonight’s game limping, as they’re essentially running out of Staal brothers thanks to some really bad injury luck. With Eric Staal and Jordan Staal on the sidelines and Jeff Skinner dealing with another worrisome concussion, Carolina fans must wonder if luck will come this team’s way.

Tonight’s matchup may represent a smidgen of luck, as fatigue is likely to weigh against the Sabres after Monday’s ugly 5-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. On paper, this seems like a great opportunity for a Hurricanes team that fell to the New York Islanders by one goal in each of their first losses; Buffalo’s -10 goal differential is easily the worst in this young season, and it’s not as if goaltending is the main cause of the Sabres’ woes.

That said, the Sabres are playing for pride as much as they’re shooting for their first victory. When your coach deems your efforts to be at a youth hockey level, you know that there’s a lot of room for improvement.

“We need to go into Carolina and win,” Tyler Ennis told the Buffalo News. “We need to be mad. We need to get angry. We need to play really hard, and we’re going to.”

Some bright lights for each team

The Sabres already possess some of the promising young pieces they’ll need to dig out of this hole.

Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons are the Sabres’ only players who’ve scored goals so far this season, with two apiece. Girgensons and Cody Hodgson (off to a slow start with zero points) are among the players expected to help turn things around.

Drew Stafford is also off to a nice start with three assists in as many games.

The Hurricanes are banged up, but Jiri Tlusty comes into Tuesday’s game on a hot streak after generating the second hat trick of his NHL career on Saturday. Alexander Semin could be another player to watch with two assists so far.


These two teams are hurting right now, but one will finally get in the “win” column after tonight’s contest.

Hard-luck ‘Canes lose (another) Staal, Dwyer to injury


Already without the services of top-six forwards Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner, the Carolina Hurricanes were dealt another significant blow on Monday as captain Eric Staal (upper body) was ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Buffalo, along with checking winger Patrick Dwyer.

Staal, who had two points in Carolina’s first two games of the season, was injured on Saturday night against the Islanders on this Matt Martin hit from behind:

Staal, who appeared woozy on the play, left the game momentarily but returned to play parts of the second and third period before exiting for good with 11 minutes left in the final frame.

Dwyer, one of Carolina’s top penalty killers, also left Saturday’s game in the third period and didn’t return. The 31-year-old’s presence will be missed in the lineup; Dwyer scored a career-high 22 points last year for the ‘Canes and finished third among all forwards in hits, with 107.

Canes lose again to Isles, Eric Staal leaves with injury


The Carolina Hurricanes announced that Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer will not return late to Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders. Staal is dealing with an upper-body injury while Dwyer has a lower-body issue.

Staal, 29, scored a goal in Friday’s loss to the Islanders and had an assist in tonight’s back-to-back rematch. The Hurricanes telecast indicated that a Brian Strait hit might have caused Staal’s discomfort.

Being that this issue cropped up late in the contest, it’s too early to panic, yet there’s no additional information regarding Staal’s condition. With his brother Jordan Staal hurting with a broken bone in his leg and Jeff Skinner dealing with another worrisome concussion, it’s a pretty worrisome situation for Carolina.

Staal contributed to Jiri Tlusty’s hat trick tonight, but it wasn’t enough. The Islanders ended up winning 4-3.

New-look Islanders hold on for season-opening victory


It was just one game, but it’s a solid start for the New York Islanders.

After they endured a disappointing campaign in 2013-14, GM Garth Snow sought to remake his team and those new additions led the Islanders in their 5-3 victory over Carolina Friday night.

Mikhail Grabovski scored his first goal with the Islanders after inking a four-year, $20 million contract. Defenseman Nick Leddy logged 18:29 minutes following his acquisition from Chicago. And then there was Johnny Boychuk.

The former Boston Bruins defenseman was one of the best players on the ice tonight. He scored the opening goal of the game and added two assists while recording a game-high 23:11 minutes.

Sophomore Brock Nelson also had a big game with two goals and four points after recording just 26 points in all of 2013-14.

The Islanders enjoyed 3-0 and 4-1 leads, but the Hurricanes deserve credit for not quitting on this game. They continued to battle in the latter half of the third period and managed to pull within two goals. With less than six minutes left, Chris Terry fired a one-timer past goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who was also making his Islanders debut. Carolina forward Eric Staal then scored a power-play marker with just 1:34 remaining in regulation time.

It was too little, too late for a Carolina squad hoping to hand Bill Peters a victory in his head coaching debut, but it might provide the team with some momentum going into tomorrow night’s rematch at Nassau Coliseum.

The Hurricanes were without Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Jordan Staal (leg). The Islanders are missing defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (back), Matt Carkner (upper body), and Calvin De Haan (upper body).