BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If it feels like the other team scores every time Zenon Konopka heads to the penalty box, that’s just about the way it’s been going lately.
Konopka’s taken four minor penalties in the last four games – three of those, have resulted in power play goals for the opponents.
“It’s been frustrating,” said Konopka. “I’ve had a lot of penalty minutes in my career, but not a lot of minors. It’s something that hopefully we’ll just learn from this and get past it.”
The string of penalties have landed Konopka squarely in Sabres interim Head Coach Ted Nolan’s doghouse. Nolan says Konopka will have to earn his ice time back.
“If we’re going to change things, it can’t be just for a chosen few, it has to be for everybody,” said Nolan. “Those penalties, they could be avoided. We can’t afford to take bad penalties… they’re going to kill us every time.”
The Sabres host Florida Tuesday night. Nolan said injured defenseman Henrik Tallinder could return for that one. Tallinder will likely be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s 7pm start.