'“I thought our play in our own end was almost rock solid,” he said. “I thought we put a lot of effort in for back-to-back, for four (games) in six (nights). … Were we smart enough to win the game? No.”'
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‘It’s not likely Ruff will win the Jack Adams Award come season’s end. It’s also fair to say that the odds are against his team making the playoffs, but it’s fair to say this may be the most impressive coaching performance in his already outstanding NHL career.’
‘MacArthur had been a healthy scratch for three games before returning to the lineup in a 3-1 loss to Washington on Wednesday. He had 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 37 games with Buffalo this season, but was limited to two goals and two assists in his past 15 games.’
'“That’s what we’ve been disappointed with, our play at home lately,” Sabres center Paul Gaustad said. “We have to be a hard place to come in to play at, and we’ve kind of slipped lately. We have to get back on track.”'
'“He is unbelievable,” Ruff said. “I admire the way he plays. I admire the enthusiasm. He can play a physical game. He can beat you one on one. He has a terrific shot. His energy and his passion, if you could bottle that and stick it inside your players, you would have an unbelievable team.”'
'“I don’t think we moved the puck very well and we had a hard time breaking out [of the defensive zone],” said center Derek Roy. “We’ve got to get pucks to the net more.”'
‘Meanwhile, the Capitals moved into 10th place and are just one point behind the Sabres, and given the fact that they have Alexander the Great and Buffalo doesn’t, you have to like their chances as the playoff race roars down the stretch.’
‘Buffalo’s defensive pairings didn’t look fit for Wheatfield Blades uniforms, let alone a showdown with Washington along what’s proving to be a difficult road back to the postseason. Four different times in Wednesday’s first 40 minutes, the Sabres gave up legitimate breakaways to a team they’re fighting for the final playoff spot.’
‘Sabres fans’ inexplicable hatred from Alexander Ovechkin continued Wednesday, and the campaign even picked up steam.’