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The puck has dropped

The Sabres' "Puck Drop 2008" is under way in HSBC Arena and the scene outside is as interesting as the scene on the ice inside. The team's street hockey fest is up and down Washington and Perry Streets, with hay bales as the boards. And watch out for flying street hockey balls -- I speak from experience.

There's perhaps 4,000 or so folks in the arena, many of course clad in their Sabres slug jerseys and awaiting the official unveiling of the retro third jersey.

As for the scrimmage, the blue and gold teams skated to a 1-1 tie in the first period. Maxim Afinogenov streaked down the wing and beat Ryan Miller for the gold's goal just 83 seconds in and Mark Mancari best Patrick Lalime with a wicked slapshot for the blues. Think Afinogenov can bottle some of that and use it come Oct. 10?

We're a little more than an hour away from the press conference featuring Larry Quinn and Tom Golisano. Stay tuned for an update on that.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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