The Sabres announced during the second period that Girgensons would not return.
Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers' shot from the right point appeared to catch Girgensons on the left side of his face as he battled for position in front of the net. Play was stopped and Girgensons was holding a towel to his face as he skated off the ice with members of the Sabres' training staff.
Girgensons, a 19-year-old who was the 14th player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, has one assist in seven games this season.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday