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Lindy wants 'track meet' vs. Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes hit town tonight 2-0 with a pair of three-goal wins to their credit. Beating Los Angeles isn't all that impressive but Wednesday night's 3-0 win at Pittsburgh certainly was.

So was Petr Prucha's goal from his back. Be sure to click that link to check the video. 

"They played a great game, showed real good team speed, real good discipline," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said this morning. "Their speed drew four or five penalties. They deserved to win, got the better chances. ... They dominated Pittsburgh in areas."

For his part, Ruff said he wants to see the Sabres increase the tempo. They got 35 shots on goal in Saturday's loss to Montreal but the coach felt the tempo wasn't what he wants it to be.

"I told them I'm looking for a track meet, a race up ice, a  better fourth man on the rush," Ruff said. "I thought our edge offensively wasn't good enough. We didn't attack enough. We took plays for granted. I told them I'm looking for a lot better edge offensively."

Thomas Vanek, for one, said he wasn't happy with his game Saturday and certainly has to be better tonight. Should be interesting to see if the Sabres go for an early kill with the Coyotes on the end of their season-opening road trip and preparing to return for the opener in Bankruptcy Land on Saturday.

---Mike Harrington



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