BUFFALO, N.Y. - The banged-up Buffalo Sabres are healthy enough to afford returning three players to the minors.
Forwards Paul Szczechura and Corey Tropp, and defenceman T.J. Brennan were re-assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday. The moves come as the Sabres had several injured regulars back on the ice for practice.
Forward Tyler Ennis is also considered close to returning after missing 16 games with an ankle injury.
The Sabres are 3-3-1 in their past seven and were minus nine regulars — including goalie Ryan Miller (concussion) — in a 5-1 win over Washington on Saturday. Buffalo hosts the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
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