BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Chris Drury said he isn't angry about Ottawa forward Chris Neil's blindside hit that sent the Sabres co-captain flying and sparked a brawl last week. He's too busy trying to get back.
"I've seen it probably more than I want to," Drury said Thursday of the widely-broadcast hit. "I'm not a guy that's going to be commenting too much on it. It's over with."
Sporting a gash and severe bruise around a right eye that is deeply reddened after 20 stitches to repair the deep cut, Drury didn't want to get into a war of words with Neil, who believes the hit - which Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff called dirty - was legal. The center has chosen to look forward instead of back.
"I'd rather be playing than not playing. That's frustrating," he said during his first comments with Buffalo-area reporters since the controversial collision. "But being mad or angry or upset isn't going to get me back sooner. I don't want to be carrying that baggage around."
Drury said he was knocked out by the hit and doesn't remember it, but he never experienced a headache of any kind afterward.
"My eye hurt, but other than that there weren't any other symptoms," he said. "Overall I guess I got pretty lucky."
He has been ruled out of this weekend's games against Montreal and Toronto, but is optimistically targeting a return Wednesday when Buffalo hosts Colorado.
"Every day is another step," he said.
Also, co-captain Daniel Briere returned to practice on Thursday after missing Tuesday's game against Toronto because of the flu and will play on Friday against Montreal.
Briere also didn't skate with the team on Wednesday, but said he was feeling much better a day later.
"I was getting ready to play the game in Toronto and the next thing I know I couldn't make it for the meetings before the game," Briere said. "It was a weird situation."