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NOTEBOOK: CONNOLLY QUESTIONABLE

by Erin Pollina / Buffalo Sabres
Tim Connolly (photo: Getty Images)
Buffalo Sabres forward Tim Connolly is listed as questionable for tomorrow night’s match-up against Columbus Blue Jackets with a bruised chest.


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The centerman took a hard hit from St. Louis’ forward Keith Tkachuk early in the third period of Buffalo’s 4-3 win Wednesday night and is day-to-day according to head coach Lindy Ruff.

“We don’t feel it’s bad,” Ruff said. “But we really don’t have a handle on how much time it’s going to take.”

Connolly was absent from practice on Thursday afternoon at HSBC Arena. He has already missed 10 games this season with a pair of fractured vertebrae that he injured in exhibition.

Ruff said there was no concern of a head injury – an issue that has plagued the centerman throughout his career.

 UPDATED: NOV. 14

Head Coach Lindy Ruff stated that although centerman Tim Connolly missed practice yesterday, he may play in tonight's match-up.

"He's doing better," Ruff said. "He may play tonight. Don't rule him out yet."

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He missed the entire 2003-04 season due to post-concussion symptoms and suffered nearly the same fate in the 2006-07 campaign; playing in only the final two games of the regular season due to a similar injury.

“He got hit hard. There is no doubt,” Ruff said. “You’re concerned anytime that any player gets hit that hard… I think that the hit by Tkachuk was a good hit. He caught him with his head down.

“But you’re always concerned when you see that type of hit.

“I think that [Tkachuk] sensed that he could get a lick in and he got one in.”

In five games this season, Connolly has registered six points (2+4), including a goal and an assist against the Blues.

Click here to read all of Lindy Ruff's comments on Connolly.


The Sabres enjoyed a laugh at the expense of defenseman Henrik Tallinder following practice.

As players entered the locker room, a video of the blueliner’s goal looped to Chubby Checker’s version of “The Twist.”

Tallinder scored a goal for the first time since March 15, 2008 in last night’s win against the Blues, and celebrated with an unconventional move.

“He’s never going to want to score again” Clarke MacArthur quipped after seeing the video.

“I just can’t stop watching it,” Jason Pominville added. “It’s hilarious.”

Click here to see the goal celebration.


QUOTABLE: Ruff discussed the nature of penalties in the League during his post-practice comments.

"It's a tough standard. If you called absolutely everything I would guarantee you be staring at probably upwards of 20 minors in the game. That is just if you called every infraction whether it was incidental, as soon as the stick got up.

"I think they are trying to let you play a little bit below the top of the circles, which you have to find a happy medium. It's not a line that you draw in the sand that you can say that's a penalty, that's not a penalty. Some of them are battles, positioning battles, and you just try to adapt to it."


ON THIS DATE: Nov 13, 2006 - Buffalo's Teppo Numminen became the NHL's all-time leader in games played by a European-trained player, when he appeared in his 1,252nd NHL game (passing Jari Kurri); the milestone came in 7-4 win at Carolina.



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