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Sabres’ Rasmussen Out For Game 3

April 16, 2001

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Sabres center Erik Rasmussen will miss Monday night’s playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a slightly separated right shoulder.

Vladimir Tsyplakov, who sat out the first two games of the playoff series, will take Rasmussen’s spot on Buffalo’s checking line, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.

Rasmussen was listed as day-to-day.

He banged into the endboards following a breakaway attempt in overtime during Saturday’s 4-3 victory at Philadelphia. Rasmussen continued playing and set up Jay McKee’s winning goal.

``That’s something you just deal with. This isn’t going to keep me out of the playoffs for the rest of the time,″ Rasmussen said. ``It’s just a little slight setback right now.″

The Sabres lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals 2-0.

The Flyers are still not sure if they’ll have back center Keith Primeau, who’s been out since spraining his left knee in the third period of a 3-3 tie at Ottawa March 26. The Flyers are 3-8-2 without Primeau this season.

Primeau practiced for the first time with the team on Sunday. He said there was some swelling in his knee when he went to bed but most of it had subsided when he woke up Monday.

``Right now I’m encouraged,″ said Primeau, who led the team with 34 regular-season goals. ``That’s why I’m going to prepare today as though I’m going to get the opportunity to play.″

His status will be determined after he meets with team doctors Monday.

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