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.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason