Sabres’ Connolly not back in 3rd period vs. Flyers

Tim Connolly has not returned for the third period of Game 6 of

the Buffalo Sabres first-round series against the Philadelphia

Flyers on Sunday.

Connolly was driven head-first into the corner boards by Flyers

captain Mike Richards with 6:03 left in the second period. Connolly

was chasing the puck into the corner and spent about two minutes

prone on the ice before skating slowly to the dressing room.

Richards was assessed a two-minute boarding penalty on the


Buffalo, leading 3-2 in the series, was up 4-3 after two


Connolly has a history of injury problems, including several

concussions. One of the concussions forced him to miss the entire

2003-04 season.

The Sabres provided no update on Connolly’s status.