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How the Sabres spent their snow day

by Amy Moritz

So what do you do when you're an NHL player and your game is called off because of a blizzard?

Watch movies.

That was the most popular answer given in the Sabres dressing room Wednesday afternoon when players were asked what they did with their unscheduled night off.

A few players made it to the rink in the morning, but most chose to stay home after getting a text that there would be no morning skate.

Steve Ott was ready to stay home until he looked in his cupboards and found a lack of carbs for his pre-game meal. (At this point in the day, the game had not been postponed.)

"I actually went to Wegmans to grab some spaghetti and stuff because I knew my pasta place was probably closed," Ott said. "So I took a chance. It was a miserable chance to be honest with you. I had to guess on a left turn. Thought I was gonna be toast, but made it through it. It was actually pretty unbelievable driving in that stuff."

Marcus Foligno started to drive, then thought better of it.

"I started the car, got the snow off, looked both ways before exiting the driveway and I couldn't even see five feet in front of me so I went back in my driveway and I called it a day," Foligno said. "I watched some movies and that was pretty much it. You have to prepare like it’s going to be a game, so I kinda had a big lunch and maybe didn’t eat as much at night. Just movies, hung out on the couch and watched some other games."

Jhonas Enroth made it downtown in the morning and the weather conditions made him recall his minor league days in Portland.

"It was definitely weird," Enroth said. "I remember when we used to have blizzards in Maine when I played there. It was a flashback to my AHL time."

And then there was Ryan Miller who just tried to stay upright and his biggest challenge was  "trying to find a place for the dog to not get blown away while getting him outside. That’s about it.  Myself included. Lot of wind, a lot of snow and a lot of cabin fever. It’s just good to get back to the rink and have something to do today. It’s good to get back on schedule and I hope everyone is safe and warm."

 

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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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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

Amy Moritz

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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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