Sabres RW Afinogenov out six weeks with broken wrist

BUFFALO, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The Buffalo Sabres will be without their second-leading scorer for at least the next six weeks.

Right wing Maxim Afinogenov suffered a broken bone in his left wrist in Buffalo’s 2-1 overtime win over Edmonton on Thursday.

“We’ve lost Max for a minimum of six weeks,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’s got a broken scaphoid bone in his wrist. He fell on it.”

Afinogenov has 23 goals and 34 assists in 53 games this season. He scored the tying goal late in the second period of Thursday’s win.

“It (the injury) actually happened the shift before he scored the goal,” Ruff said. “He went back out there and was trying to play with it. We had it X-rayed between periods and that’s what it turned out to be.”

The X-rays revealed a fractured scaphoid, which is the small bone between the wrist and the thumb.

Last season, Afinogenov led Buffalo with 73 points, including 22 goals.

The Sabres have a league-leading 82 points, six more than the second-place New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference. Nashville, which recently acquired center Peter Forsberg from Philadelphia, leads the West with 81 points.


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Updated Friday, Feb 16, 2007