In the heat of the moment, Josh Gorges felt he didn’t do much wrong. After watching the replay, he can see why the referees gave him a boarding major with 43 seconds to play Friday night.
Though a fine is still possible, he’s relieved he’ll only miss that small amount of time.
No supplemental disciplinary hearing has been scheduled by the NHL, a league source told The News on Saturday morning, so Gorges will be in the lineup Sunday when the Sabres visit the New York Islanders.
“It’s definitely what I was hoping,” the defenseman said after practice in HarborCenter. “You’re never really sure till the next day, but watching it over and over again, from a couple angles it doesn’t look great. From replaying it in my head, he kind of got the inside position and turned himself to protect the puck. I tried to get on the other side.
“I gave him a little push, but I didn’t think I tried to go through him or put him in a vulnerable position. I guess it’s up to them and how they see it, but I haven’t heard anything yet, either.”
The recipient of the hit, Philadelphia’s Matt Read, wasn’t hurt and started the ensuing power play in Buffalo’s 3-1 victory.
“When you’re in the heat of the moment, I didn’t feel like I drove through his back or drove through his numbers as we were both going into the boards,” Gorges said. “It’s one of those plays where it happens really quick.
“Like I said, he got inside position on me and I wanted to make sure I could get my positioning back and give him a little shot. When he went down, I didn’t even watch him go down or how he went down, so I didn’t really know what was coming until I see it afterward.”
While Gorges will play Sunday, Tyler Ennis’ status remains questionable. He’s missed two games with a lower-body injury and didn’t practice Saturday.
“We’re going to see him tomorrow in the pregame skate,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ll see him in warmups.”
Bylsma gave Ryan O’Reilly, who played 26:03 on the second night of back-to-back games, and Jamie McGinn maintenance days.
“I had to keep him off,” Bylsma said of O’Reilly. “He said it would have been all right if he had gone on, but I said, ‘No, you’re not going on.’”