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Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff hurt at practice; suffered broken ribs

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Coach Lindy Ruff

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff was hurt during practice Monday morning at the First Niagara Center.

Ruff collided on the ice with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold.

"This is the first time in 15 years that I remember this happening," said Mike Gilbert, Sabres spokesman. "Jordan Leopold slid into Lindy from behind and the two of them collided and unfortunately he landed on his side."

Ruff suffered  three broken ribs.   In the locker room Leopold told reporters accidents are part of the game, but noted it was an unexpected hit.   Leopold said he lost his breath.

"I had my head down when I looked back I could hear the body hit the ice and of course you don't like to hear that thud," said Leopold.

Gilbert said unfortunately these types of collisions in hockey are sometimes unavoidable.

"It's a fast game out there it's at practice bodies all over skating," said Gilbert.

 Ruff is expected to return to practice Tuesday.  But Gilbert said they will find out just how well  he's feeling to determine if he will be able to resume his coaching responsibilities.