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Buffalo Sabres forward Matthew Barnaby was fined $1,000 for a stick-related foul in Sunday's game with the New York Rangers.

Barnaby hit the Rangers' Bruce Driver at the end of the game. The winger talked with NHL vice president Brian Burke about the incident by phone on Tuesday.

"He said he didn't think I did it deliberately," Barnaby said. "He's replayed it 100 times, but said it was careless use of the stick. He didn't think it merited a suspension, but the next time I have to go in front of him this would be used against me."

After the action, the Rangers' Jeff Beukeboom and Glenn Healy retaliated against Barnaby, almost starting a major altercation at the buzzer. Burke told Barnaby that he planned to talk to those two players as well.
Derek Plante was in the lineup Wednesday night despite suffering from back spasms for the past two days. Plante said after the game that his back loosened up during the day Wednesday and he didn't have any major problems during the game.

The problem cleared up almost as quickly as it appeared.

"Everything was perfectly fine, and then all of a sudden I could hardly move," the center said about the Tuesday flare-up.

It's the second time Plante has had this problem. He suffered back spasms and missed a game last season.

Barrie Moore was recalled from Rochester on a standby basis, but was not in the lineup. The left winger had made two previous trips to join the Sabres on the road, but didn't get to play in those contests either because injured players were able to dress for games.

"He's made us recognize the fact that he's the guy to come up here in those situations," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. "It's just a matter of time. . . . If you look at the positive side, at least he got the call three times."
Sabres defenseman Alexei Zhitnik gave a two-handed high stick to the Stars' Jamie Langenbrunner late in the game, and received a five-minute major and a match penalty. All match penalties are reviewed by the league, and further disciplinary action is possible. . . . Donald Audette missed Wednesday's game with a groin pull. Nolan said that he wants Audette to have a few good practices before the right winger plays in a game. Jay McKee was the other Sabres' scratch.

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