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Pregame musings

A couple hours before faceoff of Sabres-Canes, here's a lot of links to what's going through my mind after watching the Rangers absolutely stink up my TV against the Flyers today:

---Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, nobody who was in the arena Friday night will ever forget the emotion of the Sabres' shootout win over the Sharks in the wake of the crash of Flight 3407.  To wit, there was the incredible moment of silence, the full-throated roar from the crowd after the tying goal, the raw emotion of Lindy Ruff and his players both after the morning skate and the game.

I happened to be talking to Derek Roy one-on-one after the game while most of the rest of the media was with Craig Rivet. Pretty amazing how all these guys really get it. I asked Roy about the tying goal and this is what he said: "I think I leaped the highest I've every leapt in a game. I was about 4 feet in the air. It was a huge goal for us, a huge goal for the city. Everybody rallied behind this team all night. Nobody was not going to let us come back and tie this game for these people." Wow.

----Was pretty struck by Chad in the comments section comparing the Pominville goal to the feeling he got being in Shea Stadium for Mike Piazza's dramatic home run in the Mets' first post-9/11 game. Powerful stuff.

---It's often bugged me that MSG doesn't show the national anthems before games but I've let it go. Not so this time. The network should have stayed with the anthems Friday and not brusquely cut off the moment of silence to go to commercials. For one night, couldn't Tim Horton, Geico, Paul William Beltz and the rest of them simply been told, "No" ?

2-15 ---Things continue to move along quickly at the Aud site. The actual arena bowl was exposed for the first time Friday (click on picture at left) and you can see into the top of the balcony and many of those famous sound baffles that swung from the roof. Here's a picture of how it looks today. 

As Sharon Linstedt wrote last week, the Erie Canal Harbor Corporation has started a webcam of the site and it's fabulous because it allows you to look back at each day of the demolition and then go back to the current state of the old barn. When they first said the place would be gone by spring, I was pretty skeptical. After all, it's sat basically untouched for 12-plus years. Guess they were right. They're on a pretty rapid pace now. You see something different every day.

----Things went pretty well for the Sabres on Saturday night. The Penguins blew a 2-0 lead and gave up five goals in the third during  a 6-2 meltdown in Toronto. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes hit town tonight after getting outscored, 10-1, in two straight home games. They lost, 5-0, to Florida and were asleep over the final 40 minutes of Saturday's 5-1 loss to Columbus.

---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.

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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.

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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.

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