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Miller leaves practice early after getting hit by shot; Regehr to return to Sabres tonight

NEWARK, N.J. – The woebegone Sabres can’t even get through a morning skate anymore without a troublesome incident.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller left the team’s warm-up today after taking a high, hard shot from teammate Marc-Andre Gragnani off the collarbone area. Right after the puck clanged the goalie, he got to his skates and headed directly to the dressing room area, stopping only briefly to angrily put his stick on the bench.

The agitated goalie spent time in the medical room with Tim Macre. The athletic trainer then met privately with coach Lindy Ruff.

Miller, while preparing to leave Prudential Center, gave a quick, “Yeah,’’ when asked if he was OK. He then walked to a back room.

“I think he’s OK,” said Ruff, whose team plays the Devils tonight in the final game before the All-Star break. “He took a shot. I didn’t see it, but I think he’s OK.”

The Sabres did get good injury news. Defenseman Robyn Regehr will return from a shoulder injury.

“I’m going to go out there and try to help us win a game,” said Regehr, who has missed four games. “It’s come around the last couple of days, and I was able to take some slap shots.’’

The Sabres opened a spot for Regehr by sending defenseman Joe Finley back to Rochester.

---John Vogl


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