BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Milan Lucic got five stitches — and the last word.
The Buffalo crowd cheered when Lucic was struck in the face with a puck late in the first period of Boston's 5-2 victory over the reeling Sabres on Wednesday night. The rugged left wing left the ice for repairs, then responded by scoring 40 seconds into the second period.
"When you get hit in the face like that, it's never a good feeling," said Lucic, who had two goals and an assist. "It's nice to get one when the crowd's cheering when you get hit in the face. It's nice to stick it to them that way."
Torey Krug also scored twice, and Dougie Hamilton added his second goal of the season. The Bruins are 6-2 overall and have won their first four road games for the first time since 2010.
Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo. At 1-9-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in franchise history. They are winless in their first seven home games in a skid that continues to raise questions of how much more patience owner Terry Pegula has in the team's rebuilding plan.
General manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston find themselves on the hot seat as the team prepares for a two-game swing through Florida.
By the time Krug netted the second of his two third-period goals, the fans launched into what have become regular "Fire Darcy! Fire Darcy!" chants in reference to Regier.
As for Rolston, he's 16-20-6 since taking over in February after Lindy Ruff was fired. Coincidently, Ruff is now coaching the Dallas Stars, and will be making his return to Buffalo on Monday night.
It was another hit to the head that earned the ire of the Bruins as Boston left wing Loui Eriksson had to be helped from the ice after being blindsided by a late hit from Sabres enforcer John Scott in the third period.
Eriksson was skating through the neutral zone and had dumped the puck into the Sabres end. That's when Scott skated in from Eriksson's right and leveled him with a shoulder to the face. Eriksson was dazed and had to be helped off the ice and did not return.
Following the game, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Eriksson was staying behind in Buffalo for precautionary reasons and expected to return to Boston on Thursday.
Scott was ejected, and is expected to face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL.
Bruins coach Claude Julien was unhappy with the hit, and was spotted yelling in the direction of the Sabres' bench.