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10-24-2006, 08:00 AM
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I was pretty impressed with the Sabres last night. When we talk speed, we tend to think of it in terms of plays off the rush, but I find that they close open ice in their own zone quickly. That's key for them, as their D can be beaten down low, but if every shooting/passing lane disappears, having the puck doesn't get you much.

I didn't think Mtl played badly. Every line had chances. I thought Samsonov was showing some jump, I was surprised when he was benched. I don't know if a particular play pissed off Carbo or not. I agree with Slip Slidin's comments above re Markov, he seemd to be playing well until the turnover. However that's like saying Lincoln enjoyed the play up until Booth arrived.

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