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Sabres' Connolly slowed by leg injury

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Tim Connolly will miss at least a week of workouts because of a leg stress fracture, the latest setback for the Buffalo center who's missed nine months with concussion-related headaches.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that tests revealed a broken bone below Connolly's knee. The player complained of soreness since he began practicing with the team 10 days ago.

"Talk about bad luck. He gets slapped with it again," said Ruff, who did not say which leg Connolly hurt.

Ruff said the injury won't stop Connolly from developing his upper-body strength and stamina. Connolly was injured during Game 2 of Buffalo's second-round playoff series against Ottawa in May.

It marked Connolly's second serious concussion in his six-year NHL career. The first forced him to miss the entire 2003-04 season.

The Eastern Conference-leading Sabres had hoped Connolly would return for the start of the playoffs in early April. Buffalo will already be without forward Paul Gaustad, who will miss the rest of the season after slicing a tendon in his lower left leg last week.

Connolly finished fifth on the team last season with 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) despite missing 19 games with a knee injury. Connolly also had five goals and six assists in eight playoff games before he was hurt.

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