BUFFALO — Star Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, who hurt his foot blocking a shot Friday, is wearing a walking boot and out at least the last two regular-season games.
Is the foot broken?
“He’s got a bad foot, yeah,” was all Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Wednesday after practice inside the First Niagara Center.
Myers didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia for tonight’s contest against the Flyers.
When asked if Myers could return if the Sabres make the playoffs, Ruff asked, “What part of the playoffs?”
He added: “Tyler’s out. It could be a period of time. … It’s more than just this week.”
The Sabres’ other top defenseman, Christian Ehrhoff, will be sidelined (knee) at least until a potential first-round series.
They sorely miss both. The Sabres allowed five goals without Ehrhoff on Friday, and then 10 without both defensemen in two games.
Other defensemen have been contributing, however.
Alexander Sulzer, an extra in Vancouver and briefly here following his Feb. 27 arrival, played a season-high 24:35 in the Sabres’ 6-5 overtime win Tuesday against Toronto, scoring a career-best two goals and three points.
“I’m happy with the trust I get from the coaches,” Sulzer said. “I just try to play an easy, simple game. And if I see a little offensive play, I try to make it.”
Sulzer was also on the ice for three Maple Leafs goals.
“Yeah, he made some mistakes,” Ruff said. “He was right on his toes to get them back. That was the part that impressed me the most.”
Defenseman Jordan Leopold, who tallied the tying goal late, played a game-high 26:54. Ruff also liked rookie Brayden McNabb’s game (see other article).
This guarantee probably won’t become legendary like Joe Namath’s before Super Bowl III or Mark Messier’s prior to Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference final.