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Power-play newcomers

The Sabres' power-play unit has had a bit of ham and egg, as Lindy Ruff likes to say. It's enjoyed a meaty feast, with Thomas Vanek's game-winning goal Thursday leaving folks salivating. It's also cracked a few times, connecting just twice on 14 chances through the first two games.

Ruff knew going into the season it'd be an erratic unit because of two new parts, Chris Butler and Tyler Myers. The team's youngest defensemen are getting their first chance as power-play point men in the NHL. They'll play Game Three on Saturday when the Sabres visit the Nashville Predators.

"It's definitely a positive that we're getting chances," Butler said today. "I think it would be one thing if we weren't getting opportunities or generating any offense or momentum because of it.

"It's obviously a focal point for us last week with so many days off, and it allowed us to get comfortable with each other. There's a few new guys out there, obviously myself included in that, and I think it was just an opportunity to learn where the other guys on your unit like to be and where they like passes, little things like that to kind of develop a little chemistry. It's something that I think we needed, and I think it showed."

For more thoughts from Butler and Myers about joining an NHL power play, see Saturday's Buffalo News.

---John Vogl

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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

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