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Sabres' Numminen plays first game 6½ months after open-heart surgery

Updated: April 5, 2008, 11:00 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen played his first game Saturday night since having open-heart surgery 6 months ago.

Numminen took a regular turn, playing 16 minutes, 3 seconds in Buffalo's season-ending 3-0 win over the playoff-bound Boston Bruins. The Sabres were eliminated from postseason contention Thursday night in a 3-1 loss at Montreal.

"I haven't played for many months, so I was nervous at the start with my timing," Numminen said after skating 18 shifts in ...

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