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Penguins

Berehowsky cut by skate in practice

| Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003

Defenseman Drake Berehowsky was injured Monday when he was cut on the arm by a teammate's skate blade. He left practice and went to get stitches.

"It was just kind of a freak thing," coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We were doing a 2-on-2 drill and just a skate came up and clipped him in between the elbow pad flap and the cuff of his glove. From what the training staff said, they don't think it's too bad. But anytime you get a skate anywhere in that area, you have to make sure he's doing OK."

The Buffalo Sabres, who are in town tonight, saw goaltender Mika Noronen get cut in similar fashion, but in an even scarier place in practice recently. Chris Drury cut Noronen across the side of the neck in practice, but because it wasn't bleeding profusely, trainers taped him up and sent him back on the ice. They didn't realize until later that it was actually a bad cut, close to the jugular and requiring 17 stitches to close.

"I guess it was close -- very close," coach Lindy Ruff said.

Drury said the team was waiting at the bench for instructions on their next drill when Noronen came over and asked him if it was his skate or his stick that did the damage.

"I didn't know what he was talking about, so I turned around and looked at his neck," Drury said. "I said, ;You better get off the ice right now.' It was a really weird sight. He wasn't bleeding, but he was sliced. It looked pretty deep."

UNCALLED FOR

Olczyk has just started his post-practice scrum with the media yesterday when radio broadcaster Phil Bourque's cell phone started to ring.

"Hey, it's the guy from New Orleans," Olczyk joked, before taking Bourque's phone and answering, "Joe Horn, how 'ya doing?"

Olczyk had no comment on how he would react if one of his players made a phone call after scoring a goal.

ABID TO HAVE SURGERY

Ramzi Abid, who injured his surgically-reconstructed right knee against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 7, will have surgery. Abid tore his anterior cruciate ligament, his meniscus and cartilage when he got caught in a rut and twisted his knee. The injury could have healed through rehab only, and the choice to have surgery was left up to Abid.

SATAN SCORES

Sabres top forward Miroslav Satan, the team's leading scorer for the past six seasons, snapped a seven-game pointless streak with a goal and an assist against the Wild on Saturday. It was just the second game in the last 20 that Satan had scored. He is the Sabres' highest paid player, making $4.75 million this year.

SLAP SHOTS

Olcyzk said he had not decided on a goaltender for tonight's game yet. ... Lines yesterday were Konstantin Koltsov-Milan Kraft-Matt Murley, Steve McKenna-Mike Eastwood-Kris Beech, Ryan Malone-Rico Fata-Matt Bradley and Tomas Surovy-Brian Holzinger-Aleksey Morozov.

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