The Buffalo Sabres were just trying to play out the season and get some minutes for their younger players. While playing the Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon, the game proved rather costly for the league's last place team. Sabres' top goaltending prospect Matt Hackett was injured when he was crashed into by Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.
Krug was up-ended by Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain on the play and spun before landing on Hackett.
Here's a GIF of the collision via @PeteBlackburn:
Hackett appeared to be in serious pain and barely able to move on the ice as Krug landed on his out-stretched leg. Hackett was then immobilized on the ice and a stretcher was brought out to cart the netminder off.
Any time you see a stretcher on the ice, and it has happened far too often this NHL season, it's a scary thing. Hackett, who was part of the trade that sent Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild, had appeared in eight games this season with the Sabres after spending most of the year with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.
The 24-year-old Hackett had a 1-5-1 record, .912 save percentage and 3.02 goals-against average coming into Saturday's action.
Connor Knapp, who spent most of the season in the ECHL this year, replaced Hackett between the pipes to make his NHL debut. Knapp is the ninth different goaltender to dress for the Sabres this season, which is a league record according to the Elias Sports Bureau.