The Buffalo Sabres are trying to have themselves a great season here in 2023-24. They have all of this talent as a result of some luck and smart draft selections. They took a big step last year but fell just short of the postseason. This year, they feel like they can take the jump.
Things are never easy for anyone when they take on the Boston Bruins who are one of the best teams in the league once again. On Tuesday night, the two teams played and things did not go well for the Sabres at all.
Boston won the game by a final score of 5-2. It wasn’t even a close game for the Sabres at any point as the Bruins ran away with it. They led 3-0 after the first period and eventually had a 5-0 lead before the Sabres had a chance to score two goals.
The loss was bad but it wasn’t even close to the worst part of the game. Tage Thompson left with an injury on two separate occasions during this one but the second one kept him out for the rest of the game.
The Buffalo Sabres don’t want to see Tage Thompson go down with an injury.
The first injury kept him out for a while in the first period as he was cut by Charlie McAvoy’s skate. After he returned, he blocked a McAvoy shot and that is what took him out for the rest of the contest. The update that came after is not pretty.
Don Granato confirmed that Thompson is going to be missing some significant time. As a fan of the Buffalo Sabres or the NHL in general, that is not good news to hear. He should be back at some point but missing him for “significant time” is not going to help the team win.
Thompson has six goals and six assists for 12 points in 16 games so far this season. He seemed to be getting things going recently too which makes you wonder if he was about to go on a run of dominance.
He showed in 2022-23 that he was a force out there. He scored a career-high 47 goals and 94 points which was a big reason that Buffalo was successful. Now, they need some others to step up in his absence.
This is one of the most electric players in the league and you never like to see guys like that go down for long periods. Hopefully, he makes a quick recovery and we see him back on the ice soon enough.