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With season winding down, Sabres' Ruff sets his sights on extended run

TAMPA, Fla. -- When 20 games remained in the season, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff outlined a plan that would get Buffalo into the playoffs. He wanted the team to go 4-1 in four straight five-game stretches, which would basically amount to winning four playoff series.

Halfway through, it hasn't worked out. The Sabres went 4-1 in the first five, but they went 2-1-2 in the second five. With 10 games left, the coach has a new mind-set.

"Win 10 of them," Ruff said today Tampa Bay Times Forum. ""That’s the overriding, trying to put 10 of them together."

The first chance comes Monday when the Sabres visit the Lightning.

"I need difference makers right now," Ruff said. "I don’t need to hear about great chances or missed opportunities. Missed opportunities will put us in a bad place."

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

---John Vogl


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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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