Goalie out for Red Wings game

Updated: December 11, 2003, 12:36 AM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres goaltender Mika Noronen suffered a cut to his neck during practice on Monday and missed the team's game Wednesday against Detroit.

Noronen sat out Tuesday's workout after team doctors told him he would not be allowed to practice due to stitches that were needed to close the cut.

Noronen was injured when forward Chris Drury's skate sliced his neck just below his jawbone and to the right of his throat area. Drury fell after tripping over Noronen's stick.

After receiving treatment, Noronen finished Monday's practice, which Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said was not the best thing for him to do.

"It was a pretty bad cut," Ruff said. "He'll be evaluated Wednesday night and see if he can practice on Thursday."

The Sabres recalled goalie Ryan Miller from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Monday prior to Noronen's injury. Miller more than likely will get the start against Detroit, with Martin Biron serving as the backup.

The Noronen incident brought back memories of the life-threatening injury suffered by former Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk who had his jugular vein cut in a game nearly 15 years ago .

"It was very close (to that), like a razor-like cut," Ruff said.

Noronen is 6-5-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average.

"I was lucky it didn't go deeper," Noronen said of the two-inch gash. "I'm disappointed that I can't play against (Detroit) because they're such a good team. But what can you do?"

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