Buffalo’s Jochen Hecht out two weeks after finger surgery

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will miss at least two weeks after having surgery to repair an injured finger on Tuesday.

General manager Darcy Regier announced the news after Hecht returned to Buffalo while the Sabres practised in New York to prepare for a game against the Rangers on Wednesday. The team did not disclose the nature of the injury or which finger Hecht hurt.

The injury occurred early in the second period of a 7-1 win at the Islanders on Monday, after Hecht opened the scoring with his first goal of the season in the first period. A 10-year NHL veteran and in his sixth season with Buffalo, Hecht is a dependable two-way player who was centring the Sabres’ second line alongside Jason Pominville and Daniel Paille.

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Buffalo (2-0-0) is already without centre Tim Connolly, who’s out indefinitely with a back injury, and forward Paul Gaustad, who’s expected to miss most of October after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb last month.