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Ennis, Hecht skate for Sabres; Ruff condones Tampa's system (with an asterisk)

Tyler Ennis, who has been out since suffering an ankle sprain Oct. 22, returned to the ice today for a light skate before his Sabres teammates practiced. The left winger was joined by forward Jochen Hecht, who is trying to rebound from a concussion suffered on the second day of training camp.

"They both skated for about 30 minutes," coach Lindy Ruff said in First Niagara Center. "In Tyler’s case, no agility stuff, just basically lap skating."

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, who left practice early Wednesday, participated fully today and will play Friday when Buffalo hosts Ottawa.

Ruff is among those who witnessed the NHL's version of a chess match (only more boring) Wednesday when Philadelphia and Tampa Bay stood around waiting for the other to do something. The coach condones the 1-3-1 defensive style employed by the Lightning and coach Guy Boucher.

"It’s more pronounced that other teams, but there’s probably 15 teams that play 1-3-1," Ruff said. "We play it on occasion. We like a couple different looks, though. That’s his right to play whatever system he wants."

There isn't anything about the system Ruff would like to see legislated, but he did add a caveat.

"I think somewhere in there, there’s an obligation to go get the puck if the other team has it," Ruff said. "I believe that. What happened last night wasn’t good for the game."

---John Vogl

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