Lehner has been nursing a hip injury

The Sabres goaltender returned to the ice on Tuesday

Paul Hamilton
February 20, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres just wrapped up a stretch of 11 games in 21 days, so Phil Housley just brought them in to stretch on Tuesday.

Two players did hit the ice as Robin Lehner took shots from Nick Baptiste. Lehner has been nursing a hip injury and sat out Monday’s game. The goaltender said, “I feel pretty good today, I’ve had a couple of days after I had a hip injection and I just needed a day.

“I pulled my one hip earlier in the season. I’ve been a little bit back and forth as I pulled it against Colorado and I just kept going through it and eventually, I just needed to fix it.”

Lehner wanted to try to play through it. He said, “100-percent, all players in this league have something and a lot of goalies have something with their lower body here and there and still play quite a bit of games, so I just needed to take care of it fast.”

Lehner said he’ll practice fully on Wednesday and then be on the trip to Detroit and Washington.

Lehner’s name has been prominent in trade talks. Many felt Philadelphia would be a landing spot for him, but the Flyers acquired Petr Mrazek from Detroit on Monday night. With the NHL trade deadline just six days away, Lehner knows his name is out there. He said, “You follow it a little bit, it’s nothing I think constantly about, in the end I’ve been playing pretty greatly, so either I’ll stay here or go somewhere else, but definitely I’m not looking at that.

“I feel like I put in the work and do the best that I can and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Lehner has always said the fans of Buffalo deserve a winner and they deserve to have this team play well. He likes it here and still wants to be part of the solution, “Yes, 100 percent, I don’t give up, I have full trust in the guys and I don’t like to give up, I don’t like to bail out.”

I know you’ve all heard the frustration from the players as we’re forced to ask them the same questions day after day after day. They ask the same questions of themselves and don’t have any answers. Ryan O’Reilly just had his first child and he said you can’t let the frustration consume you. “When you’re not at the rink, you have to really not be at the rink. You have to let it go because there are so many games, you can’t be occupied by everything, you can’t hold on to everything.

“You have to find an escape to get away from the game, so that when it is time for the next game, you can get right back into it and have that hunger, so it’s managing it the right way.”

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