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Sabres falling on Ruff times: ‘We’ll find it’

Feb 14, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres have have lost five of their first seven games to begin the month of February and have slipped three points back of the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

But, from the reports out of Buffalo, head coach Lindy Ruff was singing a positive tune this Valentine’s Day.

“We’ll find it. We’ve gone through it,” Ruff told the Buffalo News.

“We knew we were a little young down the middle but it will come. I’m confident it will come. It’s all on me to clean this mess up. I’m not done trying.

“It is on me. I understand that. This is on me to clean it up.”

The Sabres are two days removed from a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators, and will host the Boston Bruins Friday.

Ruff currently holds the longest active tenure as a head coach with the same club in the National Hockey League, and, according to an article out St. Louis Post-Dispatch four days ago, had the fifth longest tenure among coaches from the other major sports leagues in baseball, basketball and football.

However, Ruff’s time with the Sabres has been called into question, particularly by Buffalo News sports columnist Bucky Gleason.

“Most are stunned Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff have survived when common sense called for their dismissal long ago,” Gleason wrote four days ago.

  1. nunan - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I just have the random feeling this game will be rougher than the first two. The first one had that fight but that was really it. The second game had Ott and Marchand talking a lot but nothing really chippy. It’s only a matter of time, given the history between these franchises and the way they are both built right now.

  2. zetaone - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Mike Grier and Paul Gaustad? Couldn’t find a more recent photo lol?

  3. kgun80 - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Yeah Lindy you have been trying to figure it out for 14 years. I hope I’m wrong but as a loyal fan my entire life, I just don’t see this team climbing out of the hole.

  4. mclovinhockey - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk…. Failing on ruff times : ) I see what you did there

    • mcmurphy22 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Huge fan of that onomatopoeia. “nyuk nyuk nyuk” is not used enough via type.

  5. billsin20xx - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I was so excited about this year. I watched most of the games, attended one (very boring) game and kept hoping for a change. Once Regier announced Ruff was safe for the year, I gave up. The last three games I have watched maybe one period of each game.
    Whats the point, another wasted year until Pegula wakes up…

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