Maybe Lindy Ruff had a moment of closure Monday night.
Ruff returned to Buffalo, where he served for 15 years as head coach, and received a heartwarming ovation in the first period from an appreciative crowd at First Niagara Center. But he left as the coach of the Stars after battling in an intense game that resulted in a hard-fought 4-3 victory.
“I definitely think it was a big night in a lot of ways,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “One, we don’t realize how much he means to this town and how much it means to him until you see it. And two, that was a heck of a battle, and we had to really dig in as a team to win it.”
The Sabres entered as the NHL’s worst team at 2-10-1 with several statistical categories at rock bottom, including a goals-for average of 1.46. They also were dealing with the murmur of a fire sale surrounding the team after a trade sent leading scorer Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and two draft picks.
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