Lindy Ruff had some telling comments after his team's 4-3 loss to the Blues at HSBC Arena on Wednesday. Ruff said there were young players on this team who sometimes want it to be easy. That's a pretty apt description of this bunch. They're great frontrunners when things are going well and the offense is flowing. But get them in a tough game, against an opponent that will challenge them physically and make life difficult, and they tend to struggle.
The Sabres lost too many of the battles along the boards against St. Louis. Former Sabre Jay McKee said the Blues' strategy was to let the Sabres chip the puck through the lanes and hammer them along the boards. They did a nice job of following through.
Ruff said he didn't like his forwards as a group Wednesday. He made a reference to some overly long shifts, including one that lasted 1:21. A quick look at the stat sheet shows that Thomas Vanek averaged 1:03 per shift, by far the most of any player on the ice. Sounds like he wasn't thrilled with the $50 million man last night.