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Eager Feels Stafford Hit Was Dirty

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

After Buffalo’s Drew Stafford leveled defenseman Duncan Keith in the Sabres’ zone and appeared to get his elbow up in the process, Ben Eager drew penalties while retaliating. The Hawks controlled the Sabres’ power play, limiting Buffalo to just one shot.

Keith was wobbly after the hit and didn’t return to the game after making his way to the bench. But afterward, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was OK.

The Hawks killed off all seven of the Sabres’ power plays, but it was Stafford’s hit that had the most impact.

“I thought it was a completely dirty hit,” Eager said. “That team has been through it. They have seen their fair share of head shots, and that guy doesn’t have many hits all year. He’s a skilled guy, so I’m sure [the league] won’t do anything to him. I’m sure if I was the one who hit him I probably would be sitting out for a while.”

more on the game last night and watch the Stafford hit on Keith below…

added 12:55pm, via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Watch the replay of Drew Stafford’s hit on Duncan Keith and it’s clear his elbow caught the Hawks’ defenseman in the head at the last minute.

Referees Paul Devorski and Brian Pochmara blew it by not penalizing Stafford, who said after the game Keith should have had his head up.

Shots to the head continue to be ignored by the NHL. A head shot should be an automatic penalty, whether it’s intentional or not.

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Brian Campbell Ready For Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Campbell’s new team meets his old one tonight in the United Center, where the atmosphere will mimic that of HSBC Arena three years ago. Fans who stayed away for a generation are lining up to fill the building, standing alongside newcomers who want to be part of the ride. A bunch of kids are winning and igniting the city’s spirit, and Campbell is there to tell them how special the moment is.

“It’s a lot like Buffalo was right out of the lockout,” Campbell said Tuesday. “The only difference is this started right at the start of the year, while Buffalo took about 10 games before it just was blowing up. There’s so many similarities that I see in my head about these guys that it’s unbelievable. It’s nice to relive it again that way.”

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Hitting The Road

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Teams out west do those kind of things all the time with few chances to come home. At least the Sabres’ Sea to Shining Sea tour will get broken into three segments. Between now and Feb. 4, the Sabres will have just one home game (Saturday against Carolina) and will make eight stops on the road….

“You switch yourself to road mode, do your routines on the road, go a day at a time and stay focused,” Numminen said. “We’re confident on the road. . . . Every year there’s a crazy trip and this is the one for us. The schedule is never perfect. You go a day at a time, make sure you’re in the moment and don’t look ahead. Soon enough, everything is behind you.”

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Sabres Can’t Be Average In The 2nd Half

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres reach the halfway mark of the NHL season tonight when they host the New York Rangers in HSBC Arena. So far, they’ve been utterly average, with 20 wins and 20 losses (adding regulation and overtime/shootout defeats)....

Chief among the team’s trouble is its record at home.

The Sabres are 11-9-2 in the arena and the only team in the league with more regulation home losses is Atlanta (12). Buffalo led the NHL in home scoring last season but is just 13th this year.

Things are even goofier on special teams when looking at numbers entering Thursday’s games. The power play is just 17th at home (17.8 percent) but third on the road (24.7). The penalty killers are 10th downtown (83.5) but second out of town (89.5).

Early in the year, coach Lindy Ruff was able to brush off the numbers — especially the special teams ones — as statistical anomalies. Not anymore.

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The Biting Debate

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Replays clearly showed Peters yelling, “he [bleeping] bit me” and the action was frozen on the arena’s HD board as Ruutu sank his teeth on to Peters’ thumb and ripped off the glove.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” said a stunned Peters, whose broken skin was bandaged but not stitched afterward. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations, too. I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened for real. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident he did bite me….

Facing several different media inquiries, Ruutu repeatedly proclaimed his innocence against the overwhelming video evidence.

“I didn’t bite him,” Ruutu said. “He had his glove in my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”

more and if you missed the video from last night, here it is.

added 10:11am, ESPN zoomed in on the bite, watch below…

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Bite Night

Jarkko Ruutu bites the right hand of Andrew Peters tonight.

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Pominville On Blogging

Jason Pominville of the Buffalo Sabres talks blogging.

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Pushing The Right Buttons

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff did not go to Yale. He never attended any college. But Ruff is one of the smartest and most intuitive coaches I’ve known, a man with a knack for pushing hockey players’ buttons and getting them to perform at a higher competitive level.

Ruff has been coaching the Sabres for 12 seasons. He is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He’s never been shy about speaking his mind. But the more secure he gets in his job, the more willing he is to single out players for soft or substandard performance.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a star. Slack off and Ruff will cut your minutes. He’ll bench you. He’ll call you out in public.

Somehow, it works.

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Morning Line

“It’s time for us to start playing with a little smack, we played well, we competed, we battled. It was the most complete team game we’ve had in a while. It’s something we can enjoy tonight before we get moving forward.”

-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller after defeating the Boston Bruins yesterday.  More on the Sabres from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.

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Do It The Ruff Way Or Else

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Ruff laughed Friday at the suggestion that his words have grown stale with a team that has been largely intact since the beginning of last season. He shrugged it off as a product of losing. In fact, he has tried everything. He has pushed and pulled back. He’s gone soft and been tough. And now he’s removing all wiggle room.

“It’s not my job to look the other way,” Ruff said Friday after his team prepared for today’s matinee in Boston. “I’m not the type of guy that wants to embarrass people, but I am going to be tough. It’s going to be, ‘You’ve got to play this way, or you won’t be able to play.’ We’ll either take off and go, and everybody gets hunkered in, or you’ll keep waddling until we have to destroy a couple pieces.”

Translation: Ruff’s way or the highway.

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