'"First of all, I don't need to worry about what Wade Belak has to say after 36 seconds of ice time," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "We are a skilled team and we play a skilled game. Teams think at times that they can run us out of the building. At the same time, if you try it, that will open up other avenues where we can expose teams. I don't think our team would ever back down from any physical challenge."'
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'"This is a different world for me that I'm not used to. I'm going to hide behind [Miller] when we go into the locker room and try not to get noticed too much."'
'"Ryan has paid his dues in the American League level," said Sabres and Eastern Conference All-Star coach Lindy Ruff. "I think he's worked hard at every level. We've got two guys (including defenseman Brian Campbell) that have gone through the system and have seen some real nice rewards for putting some real hard time in."'
‘”People in Buffalo like to resemble their team,” Campbell said beneath his green All-Star sweater and baseball cap. “We’ve all worked hard to get where we’re at. Nothing has come easy for any of us. But we’ve worked. It makes it that much more rewarding for myself and those guys. I’m glad we’re going together.”‘
‘He split up centers Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, who had been on the same unit virtually all season. He also appeared ready to give Dmitri Kalinin time at the point in place of Brian Campbell.’
‘Hawks are 11-9-1 with Havlat in lineup, 6-11-4 without.’
‘”I’ve watched a lot of All-Star Games,” said Briere. “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish to get the chance to go at least once. Did I really believe that five years ago? Probably not.”‘
‘It is the first time in NHL history that all the starting players for one team in the All-Star Game are starting for the first time.’
Sabres at Blackhawks (Chicago Sun Times)
Sabres look to avoid another loss vs. Central Division club (Sportsticker)
Buffalo Sabres (30-9-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (17-20-5) (The Sports Network)
Game # 43: Buffalo @ Chicago (SabresFans.com)