Sabres goalie Robin Lehner has season-ending ankle surgery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres starting goalie Robin Lehner will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair his right ankle.

The Sabres announced the news Wednesday, two days after Lehner was scheduled to meet with doctors. Lehner had missed five games since a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal on March 16.

Buffalo has six games left, and has already been eliminated from playoff contention.

The surgery ends an injury-troubled year for Lehner, who missed 42 games after sustaining a lower body injury in Buffalo's season opener.

Lehner had a 5-9-5 record and 2.47 goals-against average in 21 games.

The Sabres were counting on Lehner to take over as their starter when they traded a first-round draft pick last June to acquire him from Ottawa.

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