BUFFALO, N. Bill Baumgartner Jersey Store .Y. -- Milan Lucic got five stitches -- and the last word. The Buffalo crowd cheered when Lucic was struck in the face with a puck late in the first period of Bostons 5-2 victory over the reeling Sabres on Wednesday night. The rugged left wing left the ice for repairs, then responded by scoring 40 seconds into the second period. "When you get hit in the face like that, its never a good feeling," said Lucic, who had two goals and an assist. "Its nice to get one when the crowds cheering when you get hit in the face. Its nice to stick it to them that way." Torey Krug also scored twice, and Dougie Hamilton added his second goal of the season. The Bruins are 6-2 overall and have won their first four road games for the first time since 2010. Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo. At 1-9-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in franchise history. They are winless in their first seven home games in a skid that continues to raise questions of how much more patience owner Terry Pegula has in the teams rebuilding plan. General manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston find themselves on the hot seat as the team prepares for a two-game swing through Florida. By the time Krug netted the second of his two third-period goals, the fans launched into what have become regular "Fire Darcy! Fire Darcy!" chants in reference to Regier. As for Rolston, hes 16-20-6 since taking over in February after Lindy Ruff was fired. Coincidently, Ruff is now coaching the Dallas Stars, and will be making his return to Buffalo on Monday night. It was another hit to the head that earned the ire of the Bruins as Boston left wing Loui Eriksson had to be helped from the ice after being blindsided by a late hit from Sabres enforcer John Scott in the third period. Eriksson was skating through the neutral zone and had dumped the puck into the Sabres end. Thats when Scott skated in from Erikssons right and levelled him with a shoulder to the face. Eriksson was dazed and had to be helped off the ice and did not return. Following the game, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Eriksson was staying behind in Buffalo for precautionary reasons and expected to return to Boston on Thursday. Scott was ejected, and is expected to face a disciplinary hearing with the NHL. Bruins coach Claude Julien was unhappy with the hit, and was spotted yelling in the direction of the Sabres bench. "Hes out there for two reasons and thats either to fight or hurt," Julien said about Scott. "So he did his job tonight." The Bruins responded with Krug scoring on the ensuing power play. "We were starting to come around," said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who made 29 saves. "We got some life off those goals in the second period. For the most part we cleaned some stuff up. Our transition to defence cost us two but other than that were in a hockey game." Chad Johnson made 14 saves for Boston to earn the win. Boston opened the scoring when Jarome Iginlas wrist shot deflected off Lucic and through Millers legs. The Bruins doubled their lead 40 seconds into the second on Lucics team-leading fifth goal. Iginla fired a pass from the right boards to Lucic and he tapped the puck in before crashing into the boards behind Miller. Buffalos first goal came from its struggling power play, which improved to 4 for 38 when Cody Hodgson scored 8:21 into the second period. The Sabres only managed two shots in the third period and were outshot 34-16 overall. "Theyve got a strong team from their D all the way up to their forwards and we didnt match them," Sabres co-captain Steve Ott said. Zadorovs first NHL goal, in just his second NHL game, brought the Sabres within one with 4:50 to play in the second period. Zadorov moved on his backhand around Bruins centre before beating Johnson to the left side. "It feels good for my first NHL goal, first pro goal of my life," Zadorov said. "Im really happy now." Zadorov is the second-youngest player to score a goal for the Sabres, at 18 years, 190 days. Pierre Turgeon was 18 years, 54 days when he scored for Buffalo in 1987. NOTES: First-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen was among Buffalos scratches, as was Patrick Kaleta who served the sixth game of his 10-game suspension. ... Boston returns home for two games in three nights, beginning with San Jose on Thursday. ... Hodgson has been the Sabres most productive player with a point in seven of his past nine games (three goals, five assists). Lamonte Hunley Jersey Store . -- Nick Bjugstad snapped out of his scoring slump and spoiled Drew MacIntyres first NHL start. Alfred Malone Jersey Store . Simon (10-3) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in 6 1-3 innings to break a tie with the Dodgers Zack Greinke and Cardinals Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in victories. Simon went to spring training as a relief pitcher and moved into the starting rotation when Mat Latos was recovering from elbow and knee surgeries.Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without running back LeVeon Bell for Saturday nights AFC Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers officially ruled out their team MVP on Friday. Bell hyperextended his right knee in last weeks AFC North-clinching victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Although Bell suffered no ligament damage, he was unable to pracctice this week. Frank Nesser Jersey Store. The 22-year-old Bell was the second-leading rusher in the NFL this season, running for 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns. The Michigan State product also caught 83 passes for 854 yards and three scores. The Steelers will try to replace Bells production with rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer. Pittsburgh also signed veteran Ben Tate earlier this week. ' ' '
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Dallas Keuchel Jersey . - New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones is inactive for the game against the Chicago Bears.The Patriots leader with 4 1-2 sacks is out for the first time this season after sustaining a hip injury thats expected to sideline him for about a month.New Englands inactive list on Sunday also includes cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and receiver Aaron Dobson, who were not on the injury report. Offensive linemen Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly return after missing the last game with concussions.For the Bears, starting safety Chris Conte is active after a shoulder injury kept him out of the previous game. Linebacker Lance Briggs is out for the third straight game with a rib injury. Their inactive list includes linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back), offensive tackle Jordan Mills (foot) and safety Danny McCray (knee).___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Bob Uecker Jersey . "This isnt really the week you want to lose Chris Greaves," fellow lineman Glenn January said Wednesday after practice. Greaves is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weeks 36-28 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. Kyle Wright Jersey . At least 90 players who had college eligibility remaining are expected to enter the draft, shattering last years record number of 73. "Its a humongous number, so the first reaction is it makes you step back a little bit," said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.TORONTO – Dustin McGowan is determined to get to the bottom of the fatigue which plagues him during his starts. In-between outings, hell become better acquainted with a treadmill. "Actually Im going to start running a lot more, just see if that helps with endurance," McGowan told TSN.ca on Friday afternoon. If only it was that simple. McGowan is a type 1 diabetic. "I think a lot of it, for me, Im starting to figure out its got something to do with my blood sugar," he said. "Its so high." To put it into context, according to the National Institute of Health, the normal blood glucose level for a non-diabetic should be less than 125 milligrams per deciliter. Once McGowan takes the mound, his readings skyrocket to disconcerting levels. "I get so anxious and stressful and nervous leading up to the game," said McGowan. "Before I go out, Ill be fine, itll be 140, 150 and, without drinking anything or eating anything after I come out of the game, its over 300." In the ongoing effort to find a solution, hes going to take in insulin while hes pitching. "I may start wearing my pump during the game just to see if (the blood sugar) levels out a little bit," he said. McGowans injury history is well documented. He was a mainstay in the Blue Jays starting rotation in 2007, winning 12 games in a breakout season, and appeared poised to live up to the promise his status as a top prospect suggested. After remaining healthy through the first half of the 2008 season, he was forced from a July start with shoulder pain. Three weeks later, McGowans season was over when it was announced he would need surgery to repair his labrum. He had knee surgery in 2009 and a second shoulder procedure in 2010, this time to fix a torn rotator cuff. After returning to the rotation in September 2011 and making five starts at the end of the season, he experienced more shoulder problems in 2012, which led to another surgery. McGowan doesnt blame diaabetes for his injuries but he believes the condition has hampered his ability to make hastened returns. Andy Messersmith Jersey . "Recovery has been a pain because even when I get a blister or a cut, it takes forever to heal," said McGowan. "I can only imagine after getting my arm sewn back together what it was like. In that way, its been brutal but I dont think its done anything to cause me to get hurt. Its just the healing process takes a little longer." Finally last season, McGowan rejoined the club in June and settled into a relief role in which he posted a 2.45 ERA in 25 appearances. His return to the rotation this year is a testament to his perseverance but also a reflection of the Blue Jays desperation. There were no other immediate options after Ervin Santana spurned the club for the greener pastures of the National League and a contract with the Atlanta Braves. McGowan would like his blood sugar level to be between 150 and 160 milligrams per deciliter while hes pitching. Hes as concerned with the reading dropping too low as he is with disturbing spikes and so hes okay with a slightly higher count than what a non-diabetic would expect. "When youre doing exercises, its supposed to go down," said McGowan. "I think just because of the stressful situations pitching and stuff like that, it just causes it to boot up a little bit." Manager John Gibbons is openly musing about using a six-man starting rotation with the schedule about to get busier. The Jays have one off-day between the start of the next road trip, Tuesday in Kansas City, and Sunday, June 1. There are only four off-days remaining between now and the All-Star Break in mid-July. After admitting hed wondered to himself if a return to the bullpen makes the most sense, McGowan wants to clarify: he wishes to remain in the starting rotation. "Its something Im not going to shy away from," said McGowan. "Im going to do it until they take it out of my hand." ' ' '