‘”This atmosphere was tremendous,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “I told the players it’s going to be like a playoff game, you’re going to feel the intensity and you felt it, you knew that you were in a game that meant a lot to both teams. I got to the rink at 4:15 and there was already 500, 1,000 people out there. You don’t usually see that.”‘
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