DALLAS -- Almost true to form, the calm, cool and collected Lindy Ruff was downplaying the possibility that if the Dallas Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres, the same club he coached for most of his NHL career, on Monday night at American Airlines Center, that Ruff would become the 12th coach in league history to reach 600 wins.
But don't try to tell him how significant such a milestone would be. That's because Ruff's focus is exactly where it should be, on ensuring his Stars continue racking up wins and pushing toward ending Dallas' current playoff drought, one which has now reached five consecutive seasons.
"For me, I just want to win. I don't care if it's 550, 420, 601. We're in one hell of a battle here and the two points is really important to us," Ruff said after morning skate. "We have a couple of games in hand that we have to take care of and that's the most important thing."
Ruff's first win came in his maiden voyage as an NHL head coach, when the Sabres won 3-1 at the St. Louis...