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Sabres TV analyst recovering from back surgery

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Longtime Buffalo Sabres television analyst Mike Robitaille (ROH'-bih-ty) is recovering from back surgery after being injured in a car crash.

According to a statement from Buffalo's Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Wednesday's surgery decompressed Robitaille's spinal cord and stabilized his spine. He is listed in serious but stable condition.

The procedure was performed a week after Robitaille sustained a back injury when his car was rear-ended.

Robitaille, who turns 62 Friday, was playing for Vancouver when his NHL career ended because of a severe neck injury suffered in a game against Pittsburgh in 1977.

Robitaille also played for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and the Sabres.

He has been a Sabres TV and radio analyst for nearly 30 years. He's expected to return to the broadcast booth after the Olympic break.

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