Jochen Hecht assumed he was almost ready to play. The surgery on his pinkie finger seemed to be having a positive affect, and the Sabres' forward saw a game against the Bruins in his immediate future.
Then came another X-ray. It showed another broken bone. Hecht was back under the knife, and his postseason is in doubt unless the Sabres make a long run.
"I thought I was close to playing," Hecht said today in HSBC Arena. "Went to the doctor’s office, they took the X-ray and another thing happened. Another piece broke off. Same injury, same bone, just another piece that broke.
"I was in discomfort, but it’s the playoffs and you want to play through it. It was something that had to be done."
Hecht has a hard cast covering the outer two fingers on his left hand and a sling holding the arm in place. Coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday he expects Hecht to miss weeks, and the winger said it likely won't be one or two.
"It’s tough," he said. "I was hoping for the next series in two weeks, but it looks like it’s going to be longer. Hopefully, the guys can keep this going so I can return."
Hecht's ailment is a chronic one, he said.
"Through the career, I lost the pulleys in my pinkie finger, and the tendon takes a weird angle to hold the finger," Hecht said. "My finger setup didn’t work out to help the healing."