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HASEK BACK ON ICE, TAKES SHOTS FROM ROOKIE

Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek was back on the ice for the first time since last season Monday when he skated for about 40 minutes in the Pepsi Center.

Hasek had a light workout with rookie winger Andrew Peters, who has a hip-flexor injury. Hasek was plagued by groin problems for about four months last season and underwent offseason surgery for a hernia. He sat out training camp last week but expected to practice with the team Thursday or Friday.

"I feel tired, but I feel pretty good," Hasek said. "I didn't have any problems. I moved from post to post and did some butterfly (moves) and didn't feel any pain."

Hasek had not been on skates since Brett Hull beat him with the controversial goal that ended the Stanley Cup finals. Hasek went through a few drills on his own before taking shots from Peters, who estimated he scored once on about 60 shots.

"It was the first practice after almost three months," Hasek said. "He scored one goal. I didn't count the percentage, but I think it's about 95 percent."

Meanwhile, defenseman Alexei Zhitnik will be sidelined a week to 10 days with a separated left shoulder. He suffered the injury after falling down near the boards in practice over the weekend.

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