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Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:29 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Lindy Ruff injured at practice

Ruff is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. (Getty Images)
By: Adam Gretz

Lindy Ruff has definitely seen better days as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Currently fighting through a disappointing season that has seen his team fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and all but out of the playoff race, the Sabres have been dealing with a combination of injuries, players performing below expectations and their normal level of production and, well, it's pretty much Murphy's Law this year -- everything that can go wrong, is going wrong.

The latest example came during Monday's practice when, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Ruff was injured during what was described as a "scary" collision with defenseman Jordan Leopold. The collision reportedly occurred when Leopold lost his balance while taking part in a 1-on-1 drill with forward Ville Leino and then fell into Ruff, sending him crashing to the ice.

According to the Sabres, Ruff suffered three broken ribs and is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.

Said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, via the Buffalo News, "To see him in that much pain, he probably has something going on there. Hopefully we get that sorted out and he's all right. We need him behind the bench yelling and calling the lines. Lindy being a former player, he knew how to take the fall. He took it into his body instead of letting his head whip back or else it could have been really devastating."

Ruff, of course, is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL, having been behind the Sabres bench since the start of the 1997-98 season, compiling a 548-414-78 record and leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in just his second season with the club.

The Sabres host the Bruins on Wednesday, and go into the game with a 22-24-6 record.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Isles' Hamonic out 2 weeks after slapper to face

By Brian Stubits

Travis Hamonic is going to miss about two weeks for the Islanders after taking a slap shot to the face, always a scary proposition.

In the Isles' shootout loss to the Sabres on Saturday night, Hamonic was trying to hold the fort down in front of the crease when a shot from Jordan Leopold sailed high and caught Hamonic square in the face beneath the shield.

Seems odd to say, but luckily for Hamonic it was just a broken nose on the play. It could have been a lot worse. We've seen it this season a few times as the visor debate has been ratched up. Of course, even with the visor it didn't prevent a broken nose.

The Isles are already dealing with a beatup blue line. Milan Jurcina didn't play on Saturday against Buffalo because of a lacerated elbow.

This broken nose will end Hamonic's modest ironman streak. He has played in 113 straight games. This season he has averaged 22:17 of ice time per game and has a goal with 11 assists.

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