The Buffalo Sabres might have won their most recent match in the NHL, but their 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals came at a high price; namely, an undisclosed lower-body injury to German defenceman, Christian Ehrhoff.
Ehrhoff crashed into the Caps’ Troy Brouwer during the first period of his team’s crucial Eastern Conference clash with Washington. The accident was later described as a “knee-on-knee” collision by the NHL.
The injury to the 29-year-old is his second of the season. He hurt his upper-body earlier in the year. “We’ll have our doctors evaluate him, but it looks like he’s going to miss a little bit of time”, explained Sabres’ chief, Lindy Ruff.
Ehrhoff typically plays around 23 minutes of hockey per game, making him one of the Sabres’ most popular players. Buffalo now have the option of bringing in a replacement from their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.
Ruff was reluctant to give any kind of indication as to the length of Ehrhoff’s absence from the ice. However, the coach did note that any kind of injury is likely to keep the German out until the end of the season, given that only five games remain of the Sabres’ campaign.
The Sabres won Tuesday’s match courtesy of goals from Cody McCormick, Drew Stafford (2), Thomas Vanek, and Jason Pominville. Alexander Semin added the consolation for Washington midway through the second period.
Buffalo climbed up to eighth in the Eastern Conference with the triumph. “We’ve been in this mode for a while, a play-off mode where
every game has been a must-win for us”, explained the two-scoring Stafford.
Stafford added that the Sabres are “not done yet. We know the road is just going to get tougher.”