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Sabres' Tallinder is ailing from Game 2 crosscheck

OTTAWA -- Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder is sore after
being crosschecked from behind by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, and
could miss Game 3 Monday of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Coach Lindy Ruff on Sunday wouldn't provide any details of
Tallinder's injury, but was unhappy that Alfredsson wasn't
penalized on the play. It happened midway through the first
overtime of Ottawa's 4-3 double-overtime win on Saturday, which
gave the Senators a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Tallinder had just played the puck behind the Sabres net, when
Alfredsson shoved him headfirst into the boards. Tallinder was slow
to get up and groggy as he left the ice and went straight to the
locker room. He missed at least one shift before returning to
finish the game.

"I look at that as, probably if that's the regular season, when
the guy doesn't have the puck, and gets run from behind headfirst
into the boards, it's a suspension," Ruff said.

The coach said he'd leave it in the NHL's hands to review
whether Alfredsson should be punished.

Alfredsson said he did nothing wrong on the play and thought
Tallinder could have been feigning injury.

"He came right back after, so I don't know if he was trying to
draw a penalty," Alfredsson said. "He seemed fine."

Tallinder's loss would be a significant blow for Buffalo as he
and Toni Lydman form the team's top defensive duo. Tallinder ranks
second on the team in averaging 23:13 ice-time per game, and has
two assists.