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Parting shots

Here are a few comments from the Sabres as they packed their gear for the Olympic break following Saturday's 3-1 victory over San Jose:

Thomas Vanek: "The big difference is we know how to win again. In this losing streak I don't think we played bad hockey. At times we played better hockey than we did early in the year when we won some games. Obviously, when you lose you get frustrated easy, so I think this a good win for us. Everyone can take a few days rest and get mentally sharp again when we come back."

Mike Grier: "It’s a good chance for everyone to kind of get refreshed and refocused. I think mentally we were a little worn down. When things went bad, we kind of let it get to us. Kind of start fresh mentally."

Lindy Ruff: "The message is how tough it’s going to be when we get back and how prepared we’re going to have to be; to really take care of yourself the next eight or nine days; to make sure that you do stuff on your own so when we hit our first practice day we can build off this win."

Also, don't forget to check out Bucky Gleason's thoughts from the Games -- including a post on USA women's hockey -- over at the "Gleason at the Games" blog.

---John Vogl


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