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Canadiens may get Subban back against Sabres; Boston's Thornton concussed

By John Vogl

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens might get a huge boost on the blue line when they host the Sabres on Saturday.

P.K. Subban, who missed the first six games while negotiating a new contract, skated with Francis Bouillon as the Canadiens’ third defense pair and second power-play unit today.

“You can practice game situations, but being in a game is different,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien told reporters. “You can't just say, 'He's a good athlete, let's throw him out there.' It doesn't happen like that.

"We'll make the decision on what's best for the team and what's best for the return of a defenseman.”

Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a beatdown at the hands of John Scott has put Boston forward Shawn Thornton on the sidelines. The Sabres’ 6-foot-8 enforcer pummeled Thornton on Thursday, and the Bruins announced today that he’s out seven to 10 days with a concussion.

“It is tough,” Boston coach Claude Julien told reporters. “Unfortunately, there’s always a risk in that job. He took on a pretty big man, as we all know, 6-8, maybe around 280 pounds. He handles himself as best as he could, but those things are going to happen, and at the end of the day he still was willing to do it for his team.”

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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