Sens, Sabres brawl after Drury hit
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres co-captain Chris Drury was helped off the ice with a severe cut across his forehead, sparking a major melee during the second period of Buffalo's game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
All 12 players on the ice, including both goaltenders, were involved in a five-minute brawl that eventually involved both coaches yelling at each another at the benches. The Sabres won 6-5 in overtime.
It all began 5:07 into the second period with Buffalo up 3-2 and after Drury was bowled over by a blind-side hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil. Drury had just snapped a shot on net from the right circle when Neil, without slowing, hit Drury from behind.
The hit knocked Drury's helmet off and sent him flying. Drury lay on the ice with blood flowing from his forehead, while Sabres rookie Drew Stafford fought Neil, both receiving five-minute fighting majors.
Neil, however, was not penalized for his hit on Drury who, after being helped up, made his own way to the locker room. Drury, who scored his 33rd goal earlier in the game, did not return because of what the Sabres described only as a head injury.
All 10 players then squared off, while Biron skated to center, where he was met by Emery. Both goalies traded several punches before Peters took on Emery, landing several heavy blows.
Both coaches then got into a yelling match with Ottawa's Bryan Murray standing on the side boards at the end of the Senators' bench and pointing at Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.
The game was delayed for about 20 minutes while officials sorted out the penalties.
Drury is the latest regular to get hurt after Buffalo began the game without seven regulars, including Maxim Afinogenov (broken wrist), Ales Kotalik (sprained knee) and Tim Connolly, who's missed the entire season with a concussion.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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