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INJURED SPACEK TO MISS WEEKEND

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Jaroslav Spacek
Sabres defenseman Jaroslav Spacek did not practice with the team Tuesday at HSBC Arena, and is expected to miss this weekend’s games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens.


Following a hard hit into the boards from Maple Leafs’ Nik Antropov Monday night in the final minutes of regulation, Spacek left the ice with a sprained shoulder.

Antropov received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play.

“He’s sore,” Ruff said of Spacek. “He’s going to be out for the weekend and then we’ll just evaluate it on a day-to-day basis after that.”

Jason Pominville practiced with the defense in Spacek’s absence. The move is temporary, as Ruff said the team will make a decision as to who to bring up from Rochester later this week.

Spacek has recorded four goals and six points in five games this season. He is second on the team’s defense in scoring behind Brian Campbell with nine points (1+8). Spacek enters his second season with the Sabres after signing as a free agent in 2006. He notched 21 points in 65 games last year.

SCORING CHANGE:
After a request by the Sabres this morning, the NHL has made a scoring change in last night's game against Toronto. Initially credited to Ales Kotalik, the game-winning/overtime goal has now been credited to Paul Gaustad. Further video review determined that Gaustad tipped the puck before Raycroft made the save, and McCabe shot the puck into his own net. The goal remains unassisted as the official scorer ruled that McCabe was in possession of the puck before it ended up in Toronto's goal.
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