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Ted Nolan wins in return to Buffalo bench

Nov 15, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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The mere return of Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine gave suffering Buffalo Sabres fans something to cheer about on Friday. Even better, the Sabres didn’t just compete against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they managed a 3-1 win.

Trevor Smith was the only Maple Leafs player who could beat Ryan Miller tonight, as the American-born netminder stopped 32 out of 33 shots. Steve Ott seems like the exact type of guy who would flourish under a coach who loves hard-working players, so it’s no surprise that he had a strong night (one goal, one assist in 19:37 time on ice).

Maybe some will argue that there’s a placebo effect at work, but the bottom line is that plenty of observers seemed a little more positive about the Sabres, at least for one night.

Nolan and LaFontaine have a lot of work to do, but at least they’re off to a strong start.

(Photo via the Buffalo Sabres.)

  1. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    MRS. NOLAN SAYS :………………..

  2. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I dislike Buffalo- because I live somewhere awesome, like New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  3. timmyp716 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I’ve been there…….it stinks of rotting fish

  4. bcblazer - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Nolan wins coach of the yr in 97 and never coaches again ! Was it hasek or muckler that black balled him? Like to kno who& why?

    • jason9696 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      I would really like to know the same thing. Anyone out there know why?

    • buffaloproud - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Apparently him and Hasek had a rift, Hasek had just signed a huge deal with the sabres. Allegedly it came down to Hasek or Nolan. Hasek won with management on his back. Heard this on the local station here (WGR).

  5. herc883 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    He was black balled because he was offered a job by Florida and he turned it down because he wanted to live where his kids could play competitive hockey growing up. That’s what he claims anyhow.

  6. bcblazer - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    So buffalo u happy 2 have him back? I would think so? Great come back (hasek lol) let me kno

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