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Is it a hat trick if no one sees it?

West Seneca's Lee Stempniak, who entered the game with no goals, posted his first career hat trick Thursday night for the Phoenix Coyotes in a 4-2 win over Los Angeles. One problem: There was basically nobody in Jobing.com Arena to see it. Announced attendance was 6,706 although estimates from Arizona media was in the 2,500-3,000 range. Arizona Republic reporter Sarah McLellan tweeted this picture -- and it's not during warmups. It's from the second period.

Memo to Gary Bettman: Why all the effort to keep a team in a town that doesn't care? Same with Atlanta and Florida. 

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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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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