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Jason Pominville is out for Game 6; playoff future in doubt after being cut by skate

Apr 23, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

Kris Versteeg, Jason Pominville AP

Jason Pominville‘s playoff future might be in doubt after suffering a scary injury during Game 5’s overtime win over Philadelphia. Pominville left the game in the first period after he was cut on the leg by James van Riemsdyk‘s skate blade after a body check in the corner.

Pominville has been ruled out of Game 6 in Buffalo on Sunday which means Matt Ellis gets the call from the AHL to take his spot in the lineup.

As for how Pominville is doing, things weren’t looking too good after the game. The Buffalo News’ John Vogl has the observation from Philadelphia and the grim outlook from the Sabres head coach.

The Sabres’ early dominance disappeared when Jason Pominville did. The right winger suffered a lacerated left leg when stepped on with a skate late in the first period. He reportedly was seen after the game with crutches and a walking boot that went up above the knee.

“We’ll have more probably [Saturday], but it doesn’t look too good,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Pominville is quietly one of the more important players in the lineup for Buffalo. He provides scoring balance along their top two lines and he’s got a knack for just finding the net. While the Flyers have issues of their own, Buffalo can’t afford to be losing any offensive producers from their lineup.

On the upside for Buffalo, they’re close to getting last season’s top scorer Derek Roy as well as Jochen Hecht back from injury as well. If Pominville is out for a while and they get Roy back, things shape up well for Buffalo. In a perfect world they’d have both guys ready to go, but as it is they’ll gladly welcome back a healthy Roy.

  1. richc111 - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Where are all whiners claiming Buffalo is getting away with Murder now. Granted Riemsdyk is not a dirty player but take a look at the replay and tell me that he didn’t throw his leg out to try to make contact with Pominville. I am sure his intent wasn’t to cut him open but he did.

    • technicallysound - Apr 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      He didn’t throw his leg out to try to make contact with Pominville. I think if you took another look at the video you would see Van Riemsdyk got checked and swung his leg to keep balance. It was a freak accident. You want a penalty next time a puck hits someone up high and injures them?

      • richc111 - Apr 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        wow, are we talking about the same play? The play started by Riemsdyk trying to throw a check in the corner, there was no one even in the picture with him. Pominville stepped away from the check and that is when he spun and threw his leg out and caught Pominville. Again, I don’t think it was intentional but still it isn’t the most above the board play but after watching all of the brawling happening in most of the game what does anyone expect now I guess anyway, its not exactly hockey they are play out there sometimes.

  2. skoobyfl - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    The Sabres rule.

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