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Quick thoughts from Gate 21

GATE 21, DETROIT METRO -- On the way to Chicago,  here's what I'm thinking after a wacky Monday night in Motown that was easily one of the worst Sabres road games I have ever seen.

---The Sabres have 36 goals in 20 road games. That's pathetic. Period.

---Ryan Miller gave us more great quotes after the game. Sprinkled in an F-bomb too. The more I think about it, the more I'm baffled by his quotes, however. 

"If you want to just destroy a team and go out and be reckless and do something, yeah," Miller said when asked about a potential trade. "Then there's going to be new guys in here. But other than that, this locker room is going to be pretty much the same."

Can this locker room really stay the same? Really? Don't they have to do something, almost anything here?

---Jason Pominville said he was frustrated the team was playing better when the score was 5-0 than when it was 0-0. Naturally. It's easier to play when there's no pressure and when the opponent has its foot off the gas. Just no mental toughness.

---Lindy Ruff's post-game presser last night lasted 90 seconds. He seems to have no answers, no anger, nothing right now.  Like he knows this team is just about toast. 

---As for today, the Blackhawks have a public practice today at 11 a.m. at their facility down the street from the United Center. The Sabres are scheduled to take the ice at 1 pm. (The United Center is unavailable due to the Bulls' game against Phoenix).

I probably have a few more things here on ye olde laptop but gotta run to the Southwest lines, which I loooove so much. 


---Mike Harrington

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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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