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LALIME SLATED TO START, OLYMPIANS RETURN

Monday, 03.01.2010 / 3:06 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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LALIME SLATED TO START, OLYMPIANS RETURN
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Ryan Miller will have to wait for a rematch with Sidney Crosby.

Patrick Lalime confirmed that he will be starting in Tuesday’s contest against Crosby and the Penguins, while Miller will take a much needed break on the bench.

After playing six games in the Winter Olympics – including Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Team Canada – Miller along with Head Coach Lindy Ruff are set to fly directly from Vancouver to Pittsburgh to meet the team on Tuesday.

With the extra workload and travel put on the goaltender, Lalime said he was given the nod to start in Buffalo’s final match-up with the Pens this season. The theme may not be an uncommon one during the month of March, as the team prepares to play 16 games in 30 days – including eight games on the road.

“I haven’t really talked to Lindy or anything but we’ll just go one day at a time and whenever they tell me to go I’ll be ready,” Lalime said.

The remaining Sabres’ Olympians were also trying to get prepared Monday afternoon. Andrej Sekera, Henrik Tallinder and Jochen Hecht returned to the ice following their respective stints in the Winter Games. Toni Lydman was also at practice, but did not participate in the skate.

“[Pittsburgh] has a lot of Olympians on their team too… hopefully they celebrate a little too much,” Hecht joked. “But we can’t count on that. They’re professionals and are going to come out strong.”

“We expect a very loud building of course and they are probably going to do some [celebration] with the Gold medal,” Lalime added. “For us, it doesn’t change anything. We have to focus on our job and we just want to play as we call it an ugly road game…silence the crowd.”

The chatter circling Miller, however, was one topic that could not be quieted.

As each Olympian recounted their experience in the tournament, the questions inevitably turned to their goaltender’s play.

“He became a little bit of a rock star out there… everybody knew him, and every TV you watched he was on,” Tallinder said. “He had an unbelievable Olympics. I hope he can bring that to our team obviously. But he’s always been that good. We just hope he can bring that little bit extra to the final stretch of the season.”

“He was the backbone of their team… he did everything we expected out of him and I have a lot of respect,” Hecht said. “We know he can play. When he is on top of his game he can steal some games.

“He’s done that for us in the past and I think he can do it here again.”


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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