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Lindy Ruff goes for 600th win against the Sabres

By John Vogl

DALLAS -- Lindy Ruff's hat and address are different, but some things never change. The Dallas coach and longtime Sabres bench boss is going for a milestone but claims he had no idea.

Ruff enters tonight's game against the Sabres with a record of 599-454-172 in 1,225 games as an NHL coach. With a win against streaking Buffalo, he'll hit No. 600.

"I hadn’t done the research," Ruff said in American Airlines Center. "I just want to win. I don’t care if it’s 550, 420, 601. We’re in one hell of a battle, and the two points is really important for us."

The Stars hold a wild-card spot in the tough Western Conference, and Ruff wants to stay there with a win against his old team. Buffalo has won three straight for the first time all season.

"I think from watching them play they’ve got a pretty loose group," Ruff said. "They’re making plays. They’re scoring some goals. They’ve had good goaltending, and we don’t want to be another victim of that."

Ruff spent a relatively calm decade and a half in Buffalo, but things have been anything but calm lately with the front-office and on-ice changes.

"It’s been a little bit of craziness, but I have no time to sit and ponder what’s going on," Ruff said. "I have to make sure that my team is ready."

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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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