Quest for the Cup

July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM EDT

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July 8, 2010 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Sports Director Jeff Russo sat down with Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff to talk about the Sabres chances in the upcoming playoffs.

The Sabres open up playoff action as home against the Boston Bruins Thursday.

On Tuesday, the hockey club took to the ice for the first time since ending the regular season. The Sabres welcomed a key contributor back to practice as they get set to battle the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Center Tim Connolly participated Tuesday afternoon. The smooth set up man missed the final nine games of the regular season with a foot injury. Despite being absent from the final stretch, Connolly still finished second on the team in scoring with 17 goals and 65 points in 73 games.

Tuesday, he skated on a line with Jason Pominville and rookie winger Tyler Ennis. Connolly says he felt good, and thinks his foot feels ready to go for Thursday.

Elsewhere on the injury front, winger Jochen Hecht was an extra forward on the third line Tuesday. Hecht trying to return from a finger injury.

Winger Drew Stafford skated after practice as he battles a concussion.

Here is the latest on the Sabres opponent from Joe McDonald at ESPN.com:
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins held their first practice on Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for their upcoming first-round playoffs series against the Buffalo Sabres.

It's also that time of the year when players are bruised and banged up after an arduous 82-game season. Bruins oft-injured defenseman Andrew Ference, who missed 17 of the last 21 regular-season games due to a groin/hernia injury, practiced with the team and is a possibility to play Game One on Thursday in Buffalo.

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