Devereaux sidelined with MCL injury

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Dominic Moore was just getting to know Boyd Devereaux and enjoying his company.

Now, Moore will have to free up some time to visit Devereaux in sick bay.

Devereaux will be out up to six weeks after suffering a medial collateral ligament injury in his right knee during a game Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"He has an injury that is non-surgical and he is going to rehab it," coach Paul Maurice said.

Devereaux, Moore and Chad Kilger had formed an effective checking line and had started chipping in with the odd goal.

"Boyd is the kind of guy who is so underrated," Moore said. "All of the things he does. We notice them."

Goaltender Andrew Raycroft did not dress last night because he is sick. Scott Clemmensen was summoned from the Marlies to take Raycroft's spot on the bench as Vesa Toskala made his 13th start in a row.

VANEK SPEAKS

The Buffalo Sabres cancelled their morning skate yesterday after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Wednesday night.

Thomas Vanek, who has a massive contract that will pay him more than $7-million US per year until the end of the 2013-14 season, scored a hat trick, including two tallies in the final three minutes to erase a two-goal Tampa lead, and then again in overtime.

Vanek became only the second NHL player -- the first was Neal Broten of the Minnesota North Stars, in a game at Maple Leaf Gardens against the Leafs on Nov. 26, 1983 -- to record a natural hat trick that started in the third period and was capped with an overtime goal.

Earlier this week, Vanek more or less ensured the Sabres would make the playoffs.

"What I said was that we're a good team and I believe in this team, and we'll be in the playoffs," Vanek told the Buffalo News. "If you don't believe it, go up to (general manager) Darcy (Regier) and tell him you want to get out of here."


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