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Sabres defenseman Numminen begins comeback

Updated: March 21, 2008, 1:24 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen skated for nearly two hours on Friday, joining his team for the first time since January in his comeback from open-heart surgery.

Numminen skated with injured defensemen Jaroslav Spacek (ribs) and Dmitri Kalinin (right shoulder) for an hour before participating in the Sabres' workout before their game Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's been a long journey," Numminen said. "It's great to be healthy ...

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