by Amy Moritz
The second period was one the Buffalo Sabres would like to forget. Friday night in Toronto, the team blew a 2-0 lead, giving up three goals in a lackluster second period. The Sabres rallied in the final minute to tie the game and earned an overtime point despite a shootout loss.
As the game started to unravel in the second, interim coach Ted Nolan had two choices -- call a time out to settle the team or let them try to figure it out themselves.
"Sometimes you get frustrated as coach," Nolan said. "You just want them to work themselves through it. We’re not in kindergarten where you have to hold hands and direct them through every tough situation. They have to find a way themselves. Sometimes you let them battle through it and sometimes you have to call a timeout. Last night it was one of those things I tried to let them battle through it."
The Sabres went through a spirited 45-minute practice at Riverside Saturday afternoon. The only healthy player missing was captain Steve Ott and Nolan said it was a maintenance day.
"He’s a warrior from the good old days," Nolan said. "He battles and battles so we gave him a rest day today."
The flu-line -- Linus Omark, Marcus Foligno and Ville Leino -- skated together again and looked as if they had more energy than during Friday's game.
The team will not have a pre-game skate on Sunday since their game with the Washington Capitals is a 5 p.m. start at First Niagara Center.
Here's the audio of Nolan's comment's after today's practice: