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Goalie out for Red Wings game

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres goaltender Mika Noronen
suffered a cut to his neck during practice on Monday and missed
the team's game Wednesday against Detroit.

Noronen sat out Tuesday's workout after team doctors told
him he would not be allowed to practice due to stitches that were
needed to close the cut.

Noronen was injured when forward Chris Drury's skate sliced his
neck just below his jawbone and to the right of his throat area.
Drury fell after tripping over Noronen's stick.

After receiving treatment, Noronen finished Monday's practice,
which Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said was not the best thing for him
to do.

"It was a pretty bad cut," Ruff said. "He'll be evaluated
Wednesday night and see if he can practice on Thursday."

The Sabres recalled goalie Ryan Miller from Rochester of the
American Hockey League on Monday prior to Noronen's injury. Miller
more than likely will get the start against Detroit, with Martin
Biron serving as the backup.

The Noronen incident brought back memories of the
life-threatening injury suffered by former Sabres goaltender Clint
Malarchuk who had his jugular vein cut in a game nearly 15 years
ago .

"It was very close (to that), like a razor-like cut," Ruff
said.

Noronen is 6-5-0 with a 2.08 goals-against average.

"I was lucky it didn't go deeper," Noronen said of the
two-inch gash. "I'm disappointed that I can't play against
(Detroit) because they're such a good team. But what can you do?"