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Sabres unveil 'The Rolston Centipede' during win over Sharks

By John Vogl

SJC -- Good morning from the San Jose airport, where I'll soon join the happy Sabres in Los Angeles. The Sabres have had only three wins this season, but Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over the Sharks was no doubt Buffalo's signature victory.

The Sabres, who’ve toppled at the slightest of breezes all season, stood toe-to-toe with an NHL hurricane. Buffalo and San Jose traded roundhouse blows and devastating counterpunches, a fight the Sabres had yet to deliver and one San Jose certainly could not have expected.

The Sabres have every right to find enjoyment in the success.

The game wasn't without its low points for Buffalo. The Sabres allowed 51 shots, the most in Ryan Miller's career. And their defensive work leaves a lot to be desired.

As this screen grab by Twitter.com/aj_strong shows, Buffalo continues its maddening tendency to chase puck carriers all over the ice while leaving people wide-open. Tomas Hertl scored seven seconds later to tie the game, 3-3.

James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe and Mail dubbed the play "The Rolston Centipede" after Sabres coach Ron Rolston, and there's no reason to try to top that nickname.

Centipede

"Strong support in the D-zone," captain Steve Ott  wrote, tongue planted firmly in cheek, as a caption to the picture on Twitter. "@RyanMiller3039 solid as always!"

Again, it wasn't always pretty, but at least the Sabres have something to use as a building block.

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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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