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Lindy: My frustration filtered to team

Coach Lindy Ruff admitted he felt "off" behind the bench for Wednesday's win over Montreal. He yelled at the line of Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek and Tim Kennedy after allowing a goal on the first shift, and he had more verbal jousts throughout the game.

He feels his frustration filtered to the team.

"My frustration level was way too high, and I think that affects players," Ruff said today. "Some of that is I spent a good period of time yelling at officials. That’s what I mean when I’m off.

"When we came to put the lineup on for the six guys [with Ryan Miller pulled for an extra attacker], I was trying to think of the sixth guy I wanted to put out there, and I didn’t really have a guy. I’ll be the first to admit it.

"I think everything turned out good, but I think when a coach’s frustration creeps into a game, that frustration sometimes spills over into the players."

---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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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