Goaltender expected to miss a week

Updated: December 30, 2003, 9:17 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres placed goaltender Mika Noronen on injured reserve Tuesday.

Noronen, who injured his groin in a 2-1 loss to Carolina on Monday, will be out for at least a week.

Buffalo recalled goalie Ryan Miller from Rochester of the AHL.

Noronen has taken over the No. 1 goaltending duties after starting seven of the last eight games for Buffalo. In 21 games, he has an 8-9-1 record with a 2.05 goals-against average and two shutouts.

Miller will make his third appearance this year with Buffalo. Martin Biron, Buffalo's No. 2 goalie, is 6-8-2 in 17 games and hasn't won a start since Nov. 17.

Forward J.P. Dumont, who has been sidelined since injuring his hip against Carolina on Dec. 26, won't play against Washington on Wednesday but may return for Friday's game against Anaheim.

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