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Sabres' Kane suffers three cracked ribs, out weeks

Once again, the news isn’t good regarding the Buffalo Sabres and an injury.

Evander Kane suffered three cracked ribs after crashing into the boards Thursday night. The forward will be out “weeks,” according to coach Dan Bylsma.

“It’s not good news,” Bylsma said Friday in KeyBank Center. “He goes into the end boards hard there. You’re hoping for a bruise, but it’s not. It’s cracked ribs and, again, it’s weeks depending on the severity. In the oblique area, it’s going to be something that you deal with even when you come back with rotation and the discomfort.”

Kane was racing with Montreal’s Alexei Emelin for a loose puck with 11.3 seconds left in the second period. Kane had a slight lead when Emelin tried to get an edge. Kane lost his foot and slid hard into the boards.

He was helped off the ice and taken to the hospital. He did not spend the night.

“It’s 25 mph going to a dead stop,” Bylsma said. “All the crash tests are done at, what, 30 mph? It’s 25 mph, and he’s going in hard. If you don’t get any injuries, it’s still a huge collision into a completely stationary object.

“I don’t think you can put blame there. Evander’s got a head of steam. They’re both going fast. Evander’s a little bit ahead. Emelin jockeys with his shoulder to try to get in front. At the same time, Evander’s skate kind of goes.

“The crappy part is he’s at the goal line. He’s now 10 feet from the boards or 8 feet from the boards, and he makes it a dangerous play because of going into the boards from that distance.”

Buffalo will be without two of its top forwards for the foreseeable future. Center Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain Wednesday that could keep him out for up to two months.

“It’s been pretty crazy,” Eichel said. “With last night what happened with Evander, it’s unfortunate.”

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