Before the first period ended Brian Gionta was coming out of the Sabres zone and didn’t see the off-side defenseman had him lined up. Matt Bartkowski hit Gionta in the head with his shoulder following through with his arm and elbow.
Johan Larsson scored his first career NHL goal, but Alex Tanguay picked up three points leading the Avalanche to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday. Tyler Myers and Patrick Kaleta left early and did not return. Head inside for more.