'Buffalo forward Erik Rasmussen returned to the Sabres lineup Monday against Carolina after missing seven games because of a bruised left knee.'
'Brown will be the temporary replacement for Kozlov.'
'About 2,500 tickets remain for tonight's game.'
'Two-thirds of the tendon was severed and 60 stitches were needed to repair the wound, the team said.'
'A preliminary report said two-third of Kozlov's tendon was severed and took approximately 60 stitches to close the wound.'
This was a week where the Sabres proclaimed that they were going to turn it around. After losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Saturday, the Sabres took their Christmas break and came back determined to turn their season around.
'"There was a trail of blood coming off the ice," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We knew it was serious."'
'"He's played a good, sound game for us, and he's used his size down low to control play a lot of times. He's still trying to get comfortable with the guys he skates with, but he's played well."'
'Chris Gratton hasn't spoken with Sabres coach Lindy Ruff in weeks. In fact, the center couldn't remember the last time they had a conversation.'
'The problem was the Blue Jackets couldn't hold either lead for more than 86 seconds and they needed a third power- play goal they didn't get. The curse of losing four in a row and 10 of 12 barely abated.'
The Blue Jackets lone December power-play goal before last night came Dec. 1.
Kozlovs right Achilles tendon was almost completely cut when he collided with Blue Jackets center Tyler Wright at 8:06 of the second period. Teammates helped Kozlov to the bench…The cut required 60 stitches.
[Stu Barnes] was a presence all night. Tied the score at 2 with a gritty goal late in the third period.
They hit a seeing-eye dog on the power play that went through traffic. But we came right back and tied the game up.
Red-hot left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov suffered a partially severed left Achilles tendon early in the second period when he was kicked along the boards. He is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.