Lehner Exits Sabres Debut With Lower Body Injury
The Buffalo Sabres kicked off their 2015-2016 schedule Thursday night against Ottawa, rolling out a brand new lineup consisting of Jack Eichel, Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, and Robin Lehner in goal.
Unfortunately for Lehner, his night would end part way through the second period because of what the Sabres are calling a “lower body injury” and early reports are saying it is being considered more serious than a day-to-day injury.
#Sabres Coach Dan Bylsma: Lehner had to leave the game, lower body injury. More than day-to-day, but still being evaluated.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 9, 2015
The play that the injury occurred on seemed rather innocent, as Lehner went behind the net to stop the puck, slightly misplayed it, then stumbled a bit as he skated back into his crease.
The play would eventually have to be stopped while the puck was down in Ottawa’s end of the rink because Lehner was clearly injured and in pain. After attempting to skate for a few moments, he was helped off the ice. He allowed one goal on 12 shots before exiting, and the Senators would go on to win 3-1, spoiling the home opener.
After the game, he was spotted on crutches and with a walking boot on his right foot. That’s not what Sabres fans were hoping to see.
Lehner was traded from Ottawa to Buffalo at this year’s NHL entry draft along with David Legwand, for the 21st overall pick.