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Hasek practices for first time since February

5/10/2006 - NHL Dominik Hasek Ottawa Senators + more

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ottawa goalie Dominik Hasek took part in the Senators' morning skate Wednesday, his first time practicing extensively since injuring his groin at the Olympics in February.

"I can feel a huge improvement," Hasek said. "I finally feel
like a goalie."

Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said he wasn't prepared to give a timetable for Hasek's return, though he said Hasek would not play in Game 3 of the Senators playoff series against Buffalo on Wednesday night.

"He was quite active," Murray said. "He probably could play if he had to, but he's not going to."

The Sabres are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.