Vanek out with upper body injury

Updated: October 13, 2009, 10:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek will be out for what coach Lindy Ruff termed as "weeks" after sustaining an upper body injury in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Vanek
Vanek

Without providing the exact nature of the injury, Ruff said following the game Tuesday that Vanek will "miss some time" before adding that it's going to be weeks and not days. Vanek did not return after scoring his second goal of the game against Detroit at the 12:46 mark of the second period.

Though Vanek fell awkwardly after snapping in the shot at the right post, Ruff said the player had been hurt earlier in the game. Vanek spent a few moments on the bench wincing in pain before leaving for the locker room.

Vanek is a two-time 40-goal scorer.


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