He was hurt when teammate Jean-Gabriel Pageau fell back into him after being checked by Buffalo's Jack Eichel. ... Sabres C Zemgus Girgensons will miss the final three games with an upper body injury. ... Senators RW Marian Gaborik missed his seventh consecutive game, and Boucher said the player is visiting a specialist to determine the severity of a nagging back injury. ... Corey Syvret made his debut as an NHL referee.
"I felt good right from the get go. Got use to some systems and some basic rules of thumb and I think it worked out pretty well," said Gaborik, who also had an assist. "We battled right to the end and I think their goalie held them in there. Happy to get going on a winning note."