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Conacher's buddies at Canisius tell Tampa's stellar rookie to take it easy on Sabres

By John Vogl

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cory Conacher went to quite a few Sabres games when he played for Canisius. A few of the Griffs had season tickets, so they'd ride down to the arena to watch the games.

Tonight, Conacher gets to face the Sabres.

The rookie will skate alongside Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell when the Tampa Bay Lightning host Buffalo in Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"I've already got some text messages from people I went to school with to try and take it easy on Buffalo a little bit," Conacher said this morning.

Considering Lightning coach Guy Boucher praised Conacher's relentlessness, that probably won't happen. To hear from Boucher and Conacher, who has seven goals and 17 points in 18 games, click the audio files below.

Cory Conacher

Guy Boucher

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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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