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Ruff: Roy will play in Game 7

Sunday, 04.24.2011 / 10:05 PM

By Jeremy Sandler - Special to NHL.com / 2011 ECQF: Philadelphia-Buffalo Live Blog

With Tim Connolly now sidelined following a hit by Mike Richards, the Buffalo Sabres are going to need some reinforcements.

Enter Derek Roy.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Roy will take Connolly's spot on Tuesday, when the Philadelphia Flyers will host the Sabres in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Roy, also a center, had 10 goals and 35 points in 35 games for Buffalo this season but has not played since tearing a quad tendon in December, an injury that required surgery to fix.

"He's going to be ready," said Ruff. "We'll get him ready."

As for the rest of his shorthanded team, the Sabres coach said the key task for Game 7 in Philadelphia will be getting his best players to deliver top performances.

"This team's got a lot of battle, incredible battle," he said. "This team is going to battle 'til the bitter end. We're going in there, we know we've won two games in that building. We're going in for a win."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round