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Sabres' Pominville on Canadiens: 'There'd be no better team to beat'

By John Vogl

The Sabres got destroyed in Montreal last weekend. It was a 6-1 blowout that would have been even worse if Ryan Miller had joined the rest of his teammates in taking the first period off.

The Sabres don't have to wait long for a chance at redemption. The Canadiens visit First Niagara Center tonight for the teams' second meeting of the season.

Sabres captain Jason Pominville knows it needs to be better than the first.

"They outplayed us, they outskated us, they outbattled us," Pominville said this morning. "They just played better than we were. It was an off night for us, a good night for them.

"We have a chance to bounce back in our building. I think there’d be no better team to beat than them the way we lost in their house."

The Sabres need to beat any team. They are just 1-6-1 in their last eight games, increasing the heat on players, management and coach Lindy Ruff.

"We’ve got to stay positive. I think there’s been improvements in our game on the stance where we’re giving less rush chances," said Pominville, who backed his coach. "The good thing about Lindy is he finds a way and a different way every year to relate his message to the players.

"After last year, we had a lot of talk about communication. The communication’s been awesome with the players, even players to the coaches. If we have questions we can go in there and ask him whatever we want. I don’t think there’s any issues in that."

The full audio of Pominville's chat -- including comments on center Cody Hodgson and the team's defensive play -- is below.


Jason Pominville | Montreal Canadiens
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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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