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Postgame audio: A big third period after a tough couple of days

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres could have built a bakery with all the turnovers they put together in the second period Friday. They cut them down in the third period and scored three goals to wipe out a 2-1 deficit and pull out a 4-2 win over Ottawa.

Buffalo is four points behind the Rangers for eighth place in the East and playoffs are a long, long, long shot. But as Steve Ott admitted, guys are playing for contracts, for jobs for next year. And you never know about what can happen.

Still, it was an odd night as the Sabres played without Thomas Vanek OR Jason Pominville for the first time since April 7, 2006.

But there were lots of contributions Friday from the likes of Luke Adam, Mark Pysyk, Brian Flynn and Adam Pardy -- who has second two-point game in the NHL and his first one since October 6, 2009.

"The beginning of the year, Van and Pommer carried us for the first 15-20 games," said Jochen Hecht, who had his first two-point game since Dec. 28, 2010 at Edmonton by assisting on Flynn's goal and scoring one 12 seconds later late in the third period. "It's time for everybody else to step up and do their job.

Click the files below for a busy tour around the locker room

Ryan Miller

Steve Ott

Adam Pardy

Jochen Hecht

Brian Flynn

Ron Rolston

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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, 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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