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Sabres Niedermayer out 2 weeks after knee surgery

Monday, 11.22.2010 / 1:31 PM / News

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Buffalo Sabres forward Rob Niedermayer will miss at least two weeks after having minor surgery to repair a knee injury that's nagged him since September.

Coach Lindy Ruff said after practice Monday that Niedermayer had the operation in the morning to relieve a buildup of fluid. Signed as a free agent this summer, the 17-year NHL veteran had only missed one game this season following the birth of his daughter in October.

Buffalo also could be without center Tim Connolly, who left in the middle of practice because of a groin injury.

Goalie Ryan Miller returned to practice after missing one game with a mild groin injury. Miller said it's too early to tell whether he can play Wednesday, when the Sabres host Pittsburgh.

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