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NOTEBOOK: TRYING TO GET UGLY

Tuesday, 03.25.2008 / 11:44 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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NOTEBOOK: TRYING TO GET UGLY
Ryan Miller (Photo: Getty Images)
Following the Sabres 6-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night, explanations were hard to come by in the Buffalo locker room.

The Sabres surrendered a 3-1 lead and allowed five unanswered goals in the third period as the Senators won the first game of a home-and-home series.

“It’s just about the timing. We’ve had some bad losses but it’s not from lack of trying,” netminder Ryan Miller said. “I’m not going to get too worked up.”

Instead, Miller wants to see his team ‘get ugly.’

“We like to play offense.. and when we get home we want to entertain,” he said. “We’ve got to just be ugly... Sometimes you’ve just got to dump it in and sit back.”

Taking risks got the Sabres into trouble in the third period. Head coach Lindy Ruff cited Jason Pominville for  taking a ‘little bit of a bad gamble’ and getting beat by Antoine Vermette, resulting in Ottawa’s second goal of the night.

“[Pominville] was in good position, I don’t think he anticipated their D coming in as hard as he did… and we gave up an odd-numbered situation,” Ruff said of the play.

“Especially against a team like Ottawa, they are going to capitalize on their chances or at least get good scoring opportunities and they are looking for the slot,” Miller said. “[Daniel] Alfredsson got a few really good looks there and [Danny] Heatley and [Jason] Spezza make it hard to challenge when they are always trying to find open ice.”

In order be successful in Ottawa on Thursday according to Miller, the Sabres need to keep it simple.

“Maybe we didn’t even need the third goal to be honest. Maybe it would have been better if it was 2-1 and we just [had to] grind it out. But we got that third goal, made a mistake and all of a sudden it was ours to lose.

“Now we have to run the table. We know we can hang with these guys, we can play with them, so we’ll go right back at it. It’s definitely going to be difficult but there were so many points in the game where we proved we can play with a top team and we just have to be smart.”


After reaching, and surpassing, the 30-goal plateau, Sabres centerman Derek Roy left the ice late in the third period with a “charlie horse” according to Ruff.

With 4:52 remaining in the game, Roy took a hit along the board from Senators’ defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

“It was good that he came back and got a shift in, which is encouraging. We’ll see how that is tomorrow.”

Roy scored two goals on the night, giving him a total of 31 scores this season- a career-high. He is second on the team in scoring with 72 points on the year behind only captain Jason Pominville (27+49).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82