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LYDMAN HAS A TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE

Monday, 12.10.2007 / 11:11 PM ET / Features
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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LYDMAN HAS A TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE
Toni Lydman (photo: Bill Wippert)
Toni Lydman had one of those days at the office that he'd sooner forget.

A key piece of the Sabres defense against the oppositions top lines, Lydman committed a pair of  errors in his own zone that directly led to Boston's first two goals of a 4-1 Sabres loss in HSBC Arena on Monday night.

"Besides the turnovers that I made, I thought we played pretty good," said Lydman.  "We created a lot of chances and thought we were skating good through the game."

Lydman's miscues where highlighted by the Sabres offense.  For the second time in as many meetings with the Bruins, Buffalo outplayed Boston badly - holding the edge in shots 45-21 on Wednesday and 91-43 overall - but couldn't capitalize on the opportunities. 

Boston, on the other hand, had no issues converting turnovers into red lights.

Marc Savard picked off Lydman's flip from along the boards six minutes after the opening puck drop to make the score 1-0.  Milan Lucic after intercepted an ill-advised, across-ice feed less than a minute later and fed P.J. Axelsson in front to put Buffalo down by a pair.

"You just try to simplify," said Lydman of a defenseman's mindset after being responsible for an opponent's goal.  "You just try to go out and play the next shift.  You can't think about it too much or worry about it because that could effect your next shift.

"You just try to put it behind you, but unfortunately, I ended up doing it again which is not smart enough."

Following the game head coach Lindy Ruff said that the team's mental mistakes were the most disappointing aspect of the loss.  The Sabres knew they were headed for a tight match-up against a defensive-minded opponent that boasted a 12-3-3 record when scoring first.

"The last thing we talked about this morning was that we were going to have to be smart, and we were going to have to make some good decisions and not give the puck away," said Ruff. 

Lydman is depended on by Buffalo to match-up against the most formidable offensive weapons in the league and hold them at bay.  When he's not playing well, the team suffers. 

The Sabres success in terms of wins and losses directly relies on its most gifted players producing.  According to Ruff, that could be one of the team's problems.

"I think that's been part of our inconsistency; different players at different times have let us down," said Ruff.  "Tonight with Toni, obviously,  the two goals pretty well lie on his shoulders.

"But we've still got to finish though.  The puck was on the right person's stick a lot of the time and you've got to be able to finish."
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