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Sabres Lose Henrik Tallinder to Broken Arm

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Sabres have refused to use injuries as an excuse this season and they're not about to start now -- even after losing yet another defenseman. Henrik Tallinder is the latest blue-liner to go down, out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken left arm he suffered late in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Carolina in the Eastern Conference final Wednesday.

Coach Lindy Ruff announced the news following practice Thursday. Ruff said Tallinder was hurt in an "innocent collision" late in the game.

"You feel terrible for Henrik," Ruff said. "He's played tremendous. But he doesn't get to be part of the ride anymore."

Tallinder's injury is the latest in a long string that has left the Sabres defensive corps depleted. Besides Tallinder, their best defenseman this postseason, the Sabres are also without Teppo Numminen, who's day to day, and Dmitri Kalinin, who's out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

The Sabres lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Friday night at HSBC Arena.