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Nolan warns Sabres: stop taking penalties, or don’t play

Nov 22, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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After calling Tuesday’s loss to St. Louis a “good lesson,” new Sabres coach Ted Nolan was singing a different, angrier tune after his team lost to the Flyers Thursday.

“The gloves are officially off,” Nolan said, per the Olean Times Herald. “Now we got to do certain things in order to play. If you don’t, you’re not.”

Nolan was particularly disappointed with the seven power-play opportunities that Buffalo provided Philadelphia, which scored once on the man advantage.

“Penalties are going to stop (or) people who are doing it are not going to be in the lineup,” he said. “It’s plain and simple as that.”

So watch out, Henrik Tallinder, Cody Hodgson, Cody McCormick, and Mike Weber, all of whom put the Sabres down a man versus the Flyers.

And doubly watch out, Tyler Myers, who did it twice.

The other penalty was for too many men, so you better watch out too…Buffalo bench.

The Sabres have been shorthanded 84 times this season, tied for ninth most in the NHL. It hasn’t helped that they’ve possessed the puck so little. After all, how many penalties are taken by the team that has the puck? The Sabres have had just 72 power-play opportunities, tied for the sixth fewest in the NHL.

Buffalo (5-18-1) hosts Detroit Sunday.

  1. foreheadlines - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    If that is his message then he should take the C off of Steve Ott.

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I’m not quite sure how the refs let Ott get away with the crap he pulls. last night was embarrassing for the officials. Ott throws a sucker punch in from of all four of them and Rinaldo gets a 10 minute just for yapping at Ott briefly.

  3. pftbillsfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Yeah, we’re really really bad.

  4. joewilliesshnoz - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    The Sabre’s should get a 10 minute misconduct for hiring Nolan.

    • janoon2013 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Game misconduct for JoeWillie!

  5. killerpgh - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    John Scott’s season stats. 59:59 of total ice time. 33 penalty minutes. Granted most of his PIM don’t put the team shorthanded, but any time you have over half as many PIM as total ice time you might want to start there.

  6. 127taringa - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    A team that takes no penalties would probably end up looking incredibly passive. I cant remember seeing a game with no penalties.

    Any team playing hard is inevitibly going to take penalties. Nolan’s style of play will be interesting.

    • eparico - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Avoiding all penalties is a near impossibility, it’s the dumb ones that need to be curtailed. As a Flyers fan, they’re notorious for getting at least a few dumb penalties per game. It screws up momentum and if your teams isn’t any good on the PK, well, you know the rest.

  7. bufffalojoe - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I like Nolan but come on, he jumps in and says don’t be afraid to make mistakes to the rookies and now says if you take a penalty you’ll be out of the lineup….

  8. bufffalojoe - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Unless he is mostly talking about Leino he needs to be waived

    • eparico - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I’m surprised the Sabres didn’t buy out his contract during the offseason. The Flyers didn’t want to pay him and thankfully, they made the right choice by letting him walk.

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