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Lemaire seems OK with Kovalchuk's comment

I think $100 million man Ilya Kovalchuk made a big mistake last night in Pittsburgh when he said "I think we're done" when asked about the Devils' playoff chances. Now, Kovalchuk is certainly right. The Devils' 1-3-1 slide has basically ended their hopes, leaving them 10 points behind the Sabres with eight to play. It was a great run as they cut a 27-point deficit to six.

Still, I'm not of the ilk that any player -- let alone the big-money star -- should run up the white flag. Speaking to Devils' beat reporters prior to tonight's game, New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire clearly understood both sides to the argument but said he sympathized with Kovalchuk too

"You've got to be realistic," Lemaire said. "If Buffalo would lose their goalie the rest of the season and they would lose (Tyler) Myers, (Jason) Pominville and (Derek) Roy. If they were all at the hospital, maybe you would have a chance. I won't say we're done, but I will say it will be tough. It gets tougher and tougher."

---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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