Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 11/19/14

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck near the side boards against the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game on November 28, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Hurricanes 5-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek left in the first period of Saturday night’s game and did not return. The exact nature of his injury is unknown and there are a few ideas as to when the injury occured. Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday reports that Vanek was hurt on the Okposo scoring chance, as Bobrovsky tripped Vanek and he fell a little awkwardly. Steve Zipay tweets that Vanek was slashed twice on the hand early in the first period. Since the trade that saw him leave the Sabres to join the Islanders, Vanek has a goal and two assists in six games played. He has been playing, but has yet to build some chemistry with superstar John Tavares. The Islanders traded away Tavares’ linemate Matt Moulson for Vanek in hopes that this would spark the team offensively and get them going. Should Vanek be injured for an extended period of time, it may not leave enough time for both him and Tavares to help get the Isles’ season on track. With Vanek being an unrestricted free agent at th...
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