Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo Sabres goaltender Matt Hackett left the ice on a stretcher during the third period of Saturday's 4-1 loss against the Boston Bruins.
Boston's Torey Krug was charging toward the net and was checked into the crease before falling onto the outstretched right leg of the goaltender with 11:35 remaining in the contest.
Hackett remained on the ice and was immobilized before being lifted onto a stretcher and carted into the locker room.
The Sabres said after the game that Hackett never left the arena and was set to return to Buffalo with the team, although the initial prognosis was not a positive one.
"It doesn't look good right now," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. "We'll wrap him up as best we can, get him back home, have our doctors look at him."
Connor Knapp made his NHL debut, finishing the game with six saves.
"All the guys feel pretty terrible about something like that happening, especially with everything that?s happened already," Knapp said.
Four other Sabres were hurt during the contest. Nolan said defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered a mild concussion, while forwards Chris Stewart, Brian Flynn and Matt D'Agostini all sustained lower-body injuries.
None are expected to play Sunday in the season finale against the New York Islanders.