'If surgery is necessary, Dumont would be lost for up to three months, and probably wouldn't be available until after the Olympic break in mid-February.'
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'Also, it is official that Forward J.P. Dumont has a sports hernia and he will have surgery. Dumont may be able to return to the Sabres lineup in March.'
Next for Sharks: at Buffalo (San Jose Mercury News)
Thornton makes debut for Sharks vs. Sabres (Sportsticker)
San Jose Sharks (8-12-4) at Buffalo Sabres (16-9-1) (The Sports Network)
'While the concept of breaking even or making a small profit may seem a modest step for the Sabres, it reportedly would be the first time in more than 20 years that the team wasn't awash in red ink.'
'"Desperate is probably the best (adjective)" to describe the Sabres' recent play, said coach Lindy Ruff. "The game was a little low on energy at times, but it was big on heart. To grind it out and come back was a desperate way to win a game."'
'Montreal Canadiens team doctor and abdominal specialist David Mulder examined the injured Sabres forwards Thursday night in the Bell Centre. Mulder didn't see any reason Briere wouldn't be able to play after a little more rest, but he indicated serious surgery might be necessary for Dumont.'
'"It's a big deal. We'll just have to see how it pans out," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday from Montreal prior to beating the Canadiens. "The best player, obviously, is Thornton. But there's a lot of teams out there relying on a lot of good players instead of one line or one individual to carry the team. (The Bruins) have been struggling, and they did something of pretty good proportions to shake things up."'
'G Martin Biron hasn't lost since Nov. 12.'
'Paul Gaustad has been one of the biggest surprises this year. He's another fellow that can be included on that list of players that have stepped up with more increased ice time because of the injuries. He is, without a doubt, the team's unsung hero. He does so many things well.'