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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Playing short-handed

     February 20, 2007 -- Think this season is the only time in Buffalo Sabres' history that the team has been hit hard by injuries? Think again.

   The Sabres defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-3, for an easy win in Buffalo. Still, the win was tempered by the loss of Daniel Paille, who broke a finger late in the game and was slated to miss significant playing time.

   That meant the Sabres had lost six regulars to injury in about two weeks.

   "I actually laughed," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said of being informed the winger was hurt. "What can you do? The doctor said it's going to be maybe two or three weeks. I said, "That's a short one for us.' "

   As for the game, Buffalo had little trouble with a Flyers team suffering through a rare difficult season which would see it finish last. Andrew Peters scored his first goal for the Sabres in 75 games.

   Meanwhile, Ryan Miller had a strong night in goal with 32 saves.

--- Budd Bailey

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