Buffalo, NY (LGS) — During Lindy Ruff's postgame press conference following the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, the head coach confirmed what LGS.com reported much earlier that morning. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder re-fractured his left forearm during Thursday's victory over the New York Islanders. It is the same forearm he broke during Game Three of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.
"It's tough," the Sabres' head coach said. "I'm disappointed for him because he was playing real well for us, and now the same thing happened. I know how frustrating it is."
Tallinder is slated to have surgery tomorrow (Sunday) to repair the fracture. He is expected to miss about two months.
The injury occurred when Tallinder took a hard, straight-on hit from Trent Hunter with 1:58 remaining in the first period of Thursday's game against the Islanders. Tallinder was being chased behind the Buffalo net by Miroslav Satan when Hunter came in to lay a hard hit on Tallinder. The impact broke the Buffalo defenseman's stick and you could see his left forearm — which he used to brace for the hit — waving by his side seconds later. Shortly after, Tallinder was seen on the bench favoring his left arm. Remarkably, he finished the game, assisting on Maxim Afinogenov's second period goal.
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