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Sabres LW Gaustad out with ankle injury

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Buffalo Sabres left wing Paul Gaustad will miss at least one game because of a deep gash across his left ankle.

Coach Lindy Ruff on Friday ruled Gaustad out for Saturday when the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres host Calgary. Ruff said Gaustad's ankle is still swollen and he will have tests to make sure there is no further damage to the bone or nerves.

Gaustad, who plays on a line with Sabres leading scorer Chris Drury, was cut by a player's skate early in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 win over Ottawa on Wednesday. Numerous stitches were needed to close the cut, but initial tests for serious damage were negative.

Ruff said there's a good possibility Gaustad will return when the Sabres host Edmonton on Thursday.

A rugged second-year forward, Gaustad has a career-high tying nine goals and 13 assists in 54 games this season.

Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is scheduled to return Saturday after missing three games with a knee injury.

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