Leafs won't face Briere

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

The Buffalo Sabres will be missing one of their key cogs when they take to the ice tomorrow night for their first of back-to-back meetings with the Maple Leafs.

Forward Daniel Briere was suspended for two games, without pay, by the NHL as a result of a high-sticking incident during the Sabres 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins Wednesday night.

The incident occurred at 10:29 of the second period when Briere struck former Maple Leaf Brian Leetch with a high stick. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Briere will forfeit $19,775.52 US. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

Briere has 49 points in 40 games for the Sabres this season.

THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE

The Leafs announced that Jason Allison underwent season-ending hand surgery Wednesday night. Allison was injured during a fight against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.

SOS LINE SHINES

Sitting in his civvies watching his teammates out on the ice gave Matt Stajan time to think.

Having been made a healthy scratch at various times the past month has left the young forward more determined than ever.

Switched back to centre, where he has been much more effective, Stajan was one of the Maple Leafs top players in back-to-back victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils earlier this week.

Most importantly, he is getting regular minutes on a unit with Alex Steen and Jeff O'Neil.

Just call it the SOS Line for Stajan-O'Neill-Steen.

"Sure, getting to play more minutes is exciting," Stajan said after practice yesterday.

"When you are not playing much you get scared out there. You are worried about making mistakes.

"But when you are playing a lot, you are much more comfortable."


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