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RUFF HOLDS FORWARDS ACCOUNTABLE

Tuesday, 12.30.2008 / 11:15 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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RUFF HOLDS FORWARDS ACCOUNTABLE
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Expect some changes in the Buffalo Sabres lineup - Head Coach Lindy Ruff has had enough.

Following a dismal 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, Ruff had a message for his forwards – step up or sit out.

“That’s not an idle threat either,” Ruff said in his post-game press conference. “We will take them out of the lineup. Some of them will come out.

“If Jochen Hecht, Derek Roy isn’t our best player, if those veteran guys aren’t our best players, we don’t have a chance at winning… it’s disappointing, it’s frustrating and I’m not going to hide it. It’s upsetting.

Hecht and Roy each held a minus-1 rating in the loss. Roy took a penalty less than a minute into the game, which resulted in Washington’s first goal of the night. The Capitals then gained a two-goal lead when Hecht lost a battle behind the net to Tyler Sloan, allowing Chris Bourqe to tally his first NHL goal.

“If Matt Ellis wants to compete harder and Adam Mair wants to compete harder, then we will play the guys that want to compete harder,” Ruff said. “That’s the only fair thing to do.”

The consensus was the same in the locker room.

“We need better than just average. I need to start elevating my game and paying attention to the little things that add up at the end of the night,” Ryan Miller said. “We have to offer constructive criticism and guys have to be able to take it… Guys can’t be immune to it.

“We’re getting into maybe a little bit of a see-saw situation here where we have been good for some spurts and then not so good. You expect that over the course of a season but we expect more out of ourselves.”

The Sabres have won only two of the last seven games, including squandering third period leads in three of the last four games. However, Tuesday night at HSBC Arena, Washington never trailed – capitalizing on two power play opportunities.

“Everybody has to hold each other accountable. This is unacceptable for our team,” Paul Gaustad said. “We are going to fix it. It’s going to start from the players. The coaches have given us the right game plan and we need to execute it. It’s on us. It’s on our shoulders. It’s the players’ fault tonight.”

“But I want to see the action,” Ruff said. “I don’t want to have to give them a two-hour practice tomorrow, I don’t want to have to grind them into the ice. I don’t want to. That should come from them… That should come from them.”

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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

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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