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PENALTY CALL SENDS KRUPP INTO RAGE

The tempers of Sabres defensemen continue to boil.

Uwe Krupp was banished from the final 13 minutes of Sunday's 3-2 loss to Boston after vehemently objecting to a high-sticking call assessed by referee Dan Marouelli.

An infuriated Krupp chased Marouelli around the ice, picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a misconduct and a game misconduct for his efforts.

Defenseman Jay Wells received a gross misconduct at the conclusion of Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to Hartford for arguing with referee Paul Stewart.

"You know I take calls pretty well," Krupp said. "But I didn't high stick, and I thought we had a reasonably good chance to win the game. I guess I hurt the team by blowing off steam."

Not exactly. Krupp's tantrum seemed to supply Buffalo with its missing spark.
The three stars went to Ray Bourque, Clint Malarchuk (34 saves) and Andy Moog (27 saves).
The back-to-back Aud losses are the Sabres' first since mid-October. They lost to Quebec on Oct. 12 and Montreal on the 17th.

Pierre Turgeon was held shy of his 100th career goal for the 10th straight game. He has gone six games without a point.
Buffalo was again without injured Mike Ramsey and Daren Puppa. The Sabres scratched John Tucker, Rob Ray and Brad Miller. Boston was without Bobby Carpenter, Dave Poulin and Allen Pedersen.

Carpenter fractured his kneecap during Saturday's 7-1 loss at Montreal. Poulin had the flu.

The Sabres play in Detroit Tuesday night, then return to the Aud Wednesday for an exhibition game against USSR-Khimik.

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