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RUFF REVEALS PLAYOFF INJURIES

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 4:52 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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RUFF REVEALS PLAYOFF INJURIES
National Hockey League teams are notoriously tight-lipped around playoff time, especially when it comes to player injuries.

During a year-end press conference on Friday, Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff revealed the nature of several of the injuries suffered by Buffalo players either late in the regular season or during the team’s seven-game series with Philadelphia.

Jason Pominville (29) and Tim Connolly (19). Photo: Bill Wippert
The most severe injury was the one sustained by Jason Pominville.  The forward, who recorded four points (1-3-4) during the postseason, suffered a severed tendon in his leg during the first period of Game 5 in Philadelphia.  Pominville had recorded an assist earlier in the game, but hopped off the ice in obvious pain after being cut by the skate blade of a Philadelphia player.

Ruff said that Pominville had surgery to repair the tendon, and that the recovery time will be around four to six months.

Tim Connolly was injured in the second period of Game 6 when he was shoved head-first into the boards from behind by Flyers captain Mike Richards.  According to Ruff, Connolly had a sternum separation along with other injuries in that area as a result of the hit.  Ruff added that the timetable for recovery from the injury would be four to six weeks.

Patrick Kaleta missed Game 7 due to a broken hand that was the result of blocking a shot during the second period of Game 6.  Kaleta played the rest of the game with the injury, but was unable to play the following game.  He is slated to undergo surgery on the hand.

Mike Grier is scheduled to have surgery on his wrist in the near future and dealt with knee problems for several weeks.  Although he missed the final seven games of the regular season, he played through the pain and appeared in all seven playoff outings.

Andrej Sekera suffered an oblique strain in the rib area that prevented him from playing in the last two games of the regular season and five of the seven playoff games.  It was also revealed that Jochen Hecht missed the final six games of the regular season and the first six games of the playoffs due to a concussion.

Finally, Ruff said that when Ryan Miller missed four games late in the regular season, it was due to a concussion.  As a result of Miller’s concussion, General Manager Darcy Regier called for the league to address the safety of goalie masks.

“There is an assumption that the equipment is safe. There is no standard for goalie masks. There needs to be a standard for goalie masks for the safety of the goaltender, number one,” Regier said.  “Number two, for knowing that teammates can count on you because of that safety factor, that your fans can count on you, that the National Hockey League can have one of the best players available.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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