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Sabres' Hackett: 'I never seen getting called up after six goals coming'

By John Vogl

PITTSBURGH -- The Amerks' season debut Friday was as forgettable as they come for the team and Matt Hackett -- until the goalie's phone rang.

About midnight, hours after getting torched for six goals in less than two periods of an 8-1 loss to Grand Rapids, Hackett was set to fall asleep. Instead, he hopped in his car and drove to Buffalo to possibly be the Sabres' backup tonight.

"I never seen getting called up after six goals coming," Hackett said today in Consol Energy Center.

The Sabres called up Hackett after learning that Ryan Miller has a lower-body problem and might not be available to dress against the Penguins. Hackett is on a goalie exemption and doesn't count against the roster, General Manager Darcy Regier said.

"I’m just here to back up tonight, I guess," said Hackett, who was driven to Pittsburgh this morning to join the team.

Hackett clearly wants to forget the Amerks' debut, which left him with a 9.84 goals-against average and .800 save percentage after he stopped 24 of 30 shots in 36:35.

"It was just one of those games," Hackett said. "We came out really flat. We’ve got some things to figure out down there, but we’re a confident group and we’ll get back and figure it out."


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