Well, that was not an ideal way for the Buffalo Sabres to head into the NHL All-Star break.
The Sabres fell into an early 3-0 hole and could not climb out of it as they fell to the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, on Wednesday night at KeyBank Center.
Not only did Buffalo drop their second straight game, but they also lost their All-Star forward Tage Thompson due to an upper-body injury. Head coach Don Granato did not have an update on his status following the game.
Alex Tuch scored the lone goal, his 24th of the season. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 29-of-33 shots but did not get much help in front of him.
The Sabres, who sit one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot, will return to the ice on Saturday, February 11, when they host the Calgary Flames at 12:30 p.m.