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Defense can't rest

The Sabres did a lot of video work and then were on the ice for more than an hour today in First Niagara Center. Most of the emphasis was on defense, especially because of their lack thereof in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Winnipeg.

Andrej Sekera and Tyler Myers were both minus-3 in that game and Buffalo's top pair was briefly broken up late in the second and into the third period.

""They didn't play well," said coach Lindy Ruff. "They made some bad decisions and that's been part of our problem. We haven't had six guys play well back there. It seems like each game one pair has made some big mistakes that's cost us. ... We have to clean those plays up."

"It was probably my worst game since the beginning of the season," Sekera said. "You can't get too low. It's a long season. I know I can be better and i will better. I have to learn from it. I made three mistakes and I cost us three goals. I've got to be responsible for my play and I have to make sure I don't make those mistakes."

Myers left practice early with what Ruff termed a minor injury after he was banged during the game and again during practice. The guess is it came when he was crunched by Winnipeg's Jim Slater during a Buffalo power play in the third period. Tyler Ennis and Jochen Hecht continue to not skate. Ruff said Ville Leino is also a little dinged and held the winger out of the skating sprint drills that ended practice.

---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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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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