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BODGER'S BEEN GIVING AN ASSIST TO OFFENSE SINCE ALL-STAR BREAK

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Doug Bodger is getting downright offensive in this second half of the season.

Bodger's second-period goal in Buffalo's 3-2 win Wednesday at Chicago Stadium was his seventh of the season; he has three points in his last two games. Bodger also had an assist on Turgeon's game-winning goal Wednesday and on Rick Vaive's game-winning goal Tuesday at Philadelphia.

"I guess it's a little too late for me to go to the All-Star Game," Bodger said with a smile. The game was Sunday in his ex-team's town, Pittsburgh.

Seriously, Bodger said he had been a little disappointed in his first-half production, at least offensively, and decided to try and look for a more sustained offensive role in the second half.

"I wasn't unhappy the way I was playing defensively, but I thought I could do more to help the offense," he said. "A little more from me on offense would certainly help the team."

Actually, just about anyone who contributes one goal can help the Sabres. Not only is the team 12-4 in one-goal games, but it is 23-0-1 in games in which the team scores four or more goals. In their recent six-game losing streak, the Sabres never scored more than three goals.
Christian Ruuttu's assist on Bodger's goal kept alive a streak that gives him five points in his last five games. . . . Dave Andreychuk's assist on Turgeon's game-winning goal gave him points in his last eight games (3-7-10), a season high for the team. . . . Turgeon now has 18 multiple point games, is 11-15-26 in his last 22 games and has points in each of his last five games (3-4-7).
The Sabres made a lineup change Wednesday, scratching right winger Ray Sheppard and dressing center Jeff Parker. The Sabres again scratched recalled defenseman Dale DeGray, Larry Playfair and Alex Mogilny. The Hawks were without injured center Denis Savard and scratched center Mike Hudson.

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