Tyler Ennis should play Saturday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ennis on Simmonds hit: ‘I thought it was dirty’

BUFFALO – Sabres center Tyler Ennis, whose face was crunched into the boards from behind Sunday by Wayne Simmonds, said today the “dirty” hit should’ve gotten the Philadelphia winger suspended.

“People can say I turned and stuff,” Ennis said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center after practicing in a non-contact role, his first session back on the ice. “It’s happened before where guys turn and it’s no problem. But I had a problem with that one. I feel like he was on my numbers the whole time. I feel like he kind of launched into me. I thought it was dirty.”

Ennis, who was zooming into the zone as he got hit, also said: “At that particular time, I felt like it was not the best play by him. I wish he got suspended or fined or something. I wasn’t happy with it. I’m not happy that he didn’t. Moving forward, I’m going to keep playing the same way.”

He’s hopeful he can return Saturday after a one-game absence.

Ennis has stitches on his forehead.

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