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Ted Nolan calls loss to Blues a ‘good lesson’ for Sabres

Nov 19, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

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Even when the Buffalo Sabres lose, the tenor seems to be a little more positive. (Or at least there’s more effort being made to spin things in an optimistic direction.)

The Sabres dropped a hardly surprising 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Instead of fuming about being outclassed, Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said all the right things, as the Buffalo News’ John Vogl and Mike Harrington report.

“We got a good lesson,” Nolan said. “I think our youth really showed tonight. This is one of the better teams in the NHL and it really showed your flaws.”

So far, the Nolan trajectory might be ideal for Buffalo: a win here or there, but ultimately it’s been about optimism in the light of a loss-heavy rebuild.

Will Nolan be able to stay amid the change-up? The CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Pat LaFontaine will probably leave that decision to whoever takes over the GM gig.

  1. tuddybhomas - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    If Halak gets confidence going into the playoffs I see us making a cup run!great D and we are scoring.. And a lot of depth #letsggoblues

  2. jhaegs - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Halak redeemed himself tonight, and the defense had much better gap closure. Granted, it was against the Sabres…

    “Halak it. Halak it a lot.”

  3. valoisvipers - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Ted Nolan calls loss to Blues a ‘good lesson’ for Sabres
    They must attend the school of hard knocks as they have had lots of ‘good lessons’ the last few years!

  4. flyerguy73 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Good lesson? I like this guy as a coach. They will be learning a lot of “good lessons” this season. Bunch of talentless losers. I absolutely love it. Keep up the great work. From the #1 buffalo hater.

    • bullwinkle88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I’ve lived in your crappy city and seen your crappy fans and your awful team. – from the nr. 1 Philly hater.

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