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Leino moves closer to goal-less season as Sabres will scratch forward for penultimate game

By John Vogl

BOSTON -- The pain of a goal-less season is one day closer for Ville Leino.

The Sabres' much-maligned forward will be a healthy scratch for this afternoon's game in Boston. John Scott will replace Leino in the lineup.

Leino has played 57 games this season without finding the net. The Sabres' final game is Sunday at home against the New York Islanders.

Buffalo will set an NHL record when the puck drops in TD Garden. Connor Knapp will be the backup goaltender, becoming the ninth netminder this season.

"I’m setting records right away when I get in," said the 23-year-old, who is in the NHL for the first time. "It’s a crazy year, for sure, within the organization, but it’s given a lot of guys opportunities. It’s great just to be here and see what it’s like and how everyone conducts themselves. I’m pretty excited."

To hear from coach Ted Nolan and Knapp, click the audio files below.

Ted Nolan

Connor Knapp

Sabres call up Knapp for first time, likely to set record for most NHL goalies in a season

By John Vogl

BOSTON -- The Sabres' goalie wheel has finally landed on Connor Knapp. Not only will he dress for an NHL game for the first time, he'll also put Buffalo in the record book.

Knapp, selected in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, is expected to back up Matt Hackett on Saturday when the Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. When he appears on the lineup sheet, he'll become the ninth netminder to dress for Buffalo this season. That will be an NHL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ryan Miller, Jhonas Enroth, Ryan Vinz, Jaroslav Halak, Michal Neuvirth, Nathan Lieuwen, Hackett and Andrey Makarov have also taken a spot in the Sabres' crease or on the bench. Makarov backed up Hackett in the previous two games, but the organization wanted him to play in Rochester this weekend as the Amerks attempt to earn a playoff spot.

Knapp, 23, has played for four teams this season: Greenville, Florida and Alaska of the ECHL, plus the Amerks. He made two starts for Rochester, losing both while putting up a 4.03 goals-against average and .873 save percentage. Knapp played for the Boston Junior Bruins in 2007-08.

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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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