Hecht out at least three games with 'lower body injury'

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht was
expected to miss the last three games before the All-Star break
with what coach Lindy Ruff called a lower body injury.

Ruff would not disclose the nature of the injury, which the left
wing sustained in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout loss
at Boston on Monday.

Hecht wouldn't discuss his injury, but was spotted walking
without a limp. He will have additional time to recover during the
five-day NHL All-Star break that starts Sunday.

He ranks ninth on the team with 25 points -- 12 goals and 13
assists -- in 43 games, and has been a steady contributor on a line
centered by co-captain Daniel Briere, Buffalo's leading scorer.

To replace Hecht, the Sabres recalled rookie forward Drew
Stafford from Rochester of the American Hockey League.

Buffalo, which hosts Boston on Wednesday, is suddenly banged up.
Forward Paul Gaustad, listed as day to day, missed Monday's game
because of an upper body injury and has already been ruled out to
play Wednesday.

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who's missed six games with a high
right ankle sprain, hasn't been cleared to skate and isn't expected
back until after the All-Star break.