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NOTEBOOK: TALLINDER TAKING PRECAUTIONS

Defenseman Has Neck Guard Sew Into Jersey

Friday, 02.29.2008 / 7:05 PM / News
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: TALLINDER TAKING PRECAUTIONS
Henrik Tallinder is trying to minimize as many risks as possible on the ice.  In light of the horrifying neck injury suffered by Richard Zednik in HSBC Arena on Feb. 10, Tallinder has taken what he believes to be a necessary precaution.

The 29-year-old defenseman had the Buffalo Sabres equipment staff sew a neck protector into his under jersey.

The collar, which extends maybe two inches above the sweater's v-neck, is made from a sort of Kevlar material that is intended to prevent cutting if struck with a skate or stick blade.  Tallinder said it feels as if he's wearing a cotton turtleneck.

The protection was made mandatory in Tallinder's home country of Sweden after a similar incident ended in a fatality.

"I was always wearing one [when he played hockey] back home," said Tallinder.  "When I got over here, no one was wearing it and I kind of forgot about it. 

Zednik's accident served as a chilling reminder. 

"It makes you think," said Tallinder.

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Daniel Paille's status is unknown following Buffalo's 6-2 loss to Montreal on Friday night.  The 23 year old left the game with eight minutes remaining in regulation after being undercut by Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek.

Following the contest, head coach Lindy Ruff took exception to the play.

"That's a cheap shot when you take a guy's knees out," said Ruff.

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After a morning of speculation on the part of media and fans whether or not Maxim Afinogenov and/or Drew Stafford would dress against Montreal, Ruff decided to dress with the most talented lineup.  Enforcer Andrew Peters and rookie Clarke MacArthur were removed and replaced by the pair of wingers that missed a combined 25 games due to their most recent ailments.

Afinogenov and Stafford each saw more than 10 minutes of ice time against Montreal.  Ruff stated Friday  morning that he was hesitant to break up lines that produced more than a half dozen goals in their last game.

"It's easy to look back and say you shouldn't have changed," said Ruff.  "I don't feel the lineup had anything to do with it.  We made some glaring mistakes that allowed them to win that game and they deserved to win the game."

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Tomas Plekanec's three power-play goals was the first hat trick the Sabres have allowed since Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat each scored four goals in a 10-4 Buffalo loss on Nov. 2, 2005.

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Quotable:  "They were better than us, they kicked us around a little bit, took advantage of odd-numbered situations, got in behind us, our defense got caught, our forwards didn't cover up and it made for a pretty embarrassing night."  -- Lindy Ruff regarding the loss at home

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82