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03-12-2011, 02:45 AM
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Surging Sabres moving into playoff contention

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They're on a 6-1-2 roll that has vaulted them into playoff contention for the first time since the start of the season. And the run has come mostly during what Miller described as a season-defining seven-game trip that concludes in Toronto on Saturday night.
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"I think we've shown a lot of resilience," Miller said, referring to the Sabres going 18-8-4 since Jan. 1. "We can be happy with the effort, and knowing that there's a lot of hockey left to play and a lot left to prove."

Buffalo has responded with a more focused team effort, and a knack for winning close games. Since Dec. 28, the Sabres are 9-3-4 in games decided by one goal after opening the season going 7-7-4.
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The second-half surge partially coincides with Terry Pegula's purchase of the franchise last month. A longtime Sabres fan, the Pennsylvania billionaire has already begun breathing life into a team that had lost its direction under former owner Tom Golisano.
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Pegula is also providing some cosmetic changes to help inspire the Sabres. Upon arriving for practice Friday, Sabres players discovered a new carpet -- dark blue with the team's logo printed on it -- had been installed in the locker room while they were away.

"It finally looks like a locker room," forward Thomas Vanek said, crediting Pegula. "He's made it clear he's here to win. And I think you can see the changes already. He's part of us, and that's good."
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moving? Last I knew, 7th was a playoff position

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I kind of feel bed for the players, especially lifers with the team like Vanek. They deserved to be treated like winers, and now finally they are.

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Pegula is also providing some cosmetic changes to help inspire the Sabres. Upon arriving for practice Friday, Sabres players discovered a new carpet -- dark blue with the team's logo printed on it -- had been installed in the locker room while they were away.

"It finally looks like a locker room," forward Thomas Vanek said, crediting Pegula. "He's made it clear he's here to win. And I think you can see the changes already. He's part of us, and that's good."



I think thats amazing. Kinda stuff Pegula is doing really transcends to the ice. A++++

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