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Sabres' Ruff focused on Rangers, but coach won't be shy with out-of-town scoreboard

NEW YORK -- The Sabres will have their hands full tonight. They play the New York Rangers -- the top team in the Eastern Conference -- and the raucous crowd in Madison Square Garden will be roaring and chanting.

Still, whenever there's a chance, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff will look away from his game. Eighth-place Washington, with just a one point lead over the Sabres, hosts Winnipeg, which is four points back of Buffalo with one fewer game played. The out-of-town scoreboard will earn more than just a peek.

"I look all the time," Ruff said this evening in the World's Most Famous Arena. "I don’t peek. I just look. It’s that time of the year. There’s no use kidding anybody. Some people say they don’t watch. They’re lying to you. For the most part, it’s our livelihood, we want to be there.

"You focus on your job, but at the same time, even last night I’m watching the Washington-Philly game, keeping an eye on it, knowing the fact we’ve got to play them in a little bit. But you’re interested in how they’re making out."

For the full audio of Ruff's pregame chat, click the audio file below.

---John Vogl

Lindy Ruff


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John Vogl

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