Sabres' Connolly could return vs. Bruins

Updated: April 14, 2010, 6:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo center Tim Connolly skated over the weekend and could return to practice Tuesday, when the Sabres begin preparing for their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins.

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Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that he's "optimistic about him practicing and possibly playing" when the playoff series begins Thursday.

Connolly is the Sabres' second-leading scorer with 65 points, despite missing the last nine games because of a foot injury.

Ruff also didn't rule out forward Jochen Hecht from practicing, though he's not been skating since missing the last three games with an upper-body injury. Right wing Drew Stafford remains questionable after sustaining a slight concussion Saturday against Ottawa.


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