The Buffalo Sabres Monday lost winger Brad May to a knee injury that will keep him out of action for at least four weeks.
May underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam today and has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff Monday night sat out veteran Randy Burridge and second-year center Wayne Primeau.
It's likely Burridge, who can play either wing, would take May's place in the lineup.
May was involved in a seemingly minor entanglement away from the puck late in the second period of the game against the New Jersey Devils. He fell to the ice in obvious pain and had to be helped to the bench. He went immediately to the locker room and did not return.
The game was the third in a stretch in which the Sabres play five times in eight days. The Sabres played Friday vs. the New York Rangers and Saturday at Carolina and will meet Ottawa and Colorado Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Former Sabre Doug Bodger came to the game needing one goal for the 100th of his NHL career. Bodger came to the Devils as part of the trade that sent John MacLean to the San Jose Sharks. In becoming a Devil, Bodger has been reunited with former Sabres teammate Dave Andreychuk, who made a stop in Toronto before being traded to the Devils.
The three stars went in order to: Martin Brodeur, Bill Guerin and Michael Peca.
Jason Dawe's assist on Peca's first-period goal gave him points in three straight games.
Bob Boughner has taken an expanded role in the tough-guy department in the absence of Rob Ray (broken thumb). Boughner Monday engaged in three altercations and each time gave his team a man-advantage situation. The first one led to Peca's goal.
Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek was voted by fans to start for the World All-Stars in next month's NHL International Showdown.
Instead of the usual Eastern Conference/Western Conference format, the NHL will pit the top players from Canada and the United States -- the North American All-Star team -- against the rest of the world on Jan. 18 in Vancouver.
Hasek, who won the Hart and Vezina trophies last season, ran away in the race among goaltenders with 396,786 votes. He will make his first All-Star start and his third appearance. Phoenix Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin of Russia finished second with 199,224 votes.