Sabres forward Hecht has surgery on finger

Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht has had surgery on his

injured left pinkie and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff says Hecht will be “out for weeks

instead of days.” The announcement Thursday comes on the day

Buffalo opens its Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series

against the Boston Bruins.

Hecht missed the final three games of the regular season because

of the injury, but had practiced the last two days. After the

finger was examined Wednesday, it was determined surgery was

needed.

Rookie Tyler Ennis is taking Hecht’s spot in the lineup. Ennis

played the final nine games of the regular season and had two goals

and six assists.