Sabres’ Dahlin leaves game vs. Senators after blocking shot

Watch as Jason Pominville scores the third goal of the first period for the Buffalo Sabres that chases Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

The Buffalo Sabres embarrassed the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t all good news for the team.

Rookie defenceman Rasmus Dahlin sustained an injury and left the game early.

The first-overall pick from the 2018 NHL Draft blocked a Matt Duchene shot in the second period and did not return to the Sabres bench at the start of the third period. Shortly thereafter the team announced the 18-year-old was done for the day.

The Sabres were leading 7-1 after two periods, so holding Dahlin out for the third could be a precautionary move. The severity of Dahlin’s injury, however, was not immediately known.

Dahlin registered one assist and three shots on goal in 8:58 of ice-time against the Sens before leaving the game.

The Sabres visit the New York Rangers for a game Sunday. Dahlin’s availability for that contest is also currently unknown.

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