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October 12, 2011

Sabres' homegrown core takes the lead

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BUFFALO —

Ruff excited by Bills’ success

Count Sabres coach Lindy Ruff among those energized by the Bills’ surprising 4-1 start.

“I hope they keep winning and we keep winning because it makes this a fun city to live in,” said Ruff, whose Sabres are 2-0.

Ruff, a big Bills fan, said the dramatic fashion in which they’ve been triumphing makes it even better.

“They’ve had a never-say-die (attitude),” he said. “They’ve been resilient. They’ve got some players now, if you look at Fred Jackson and those guys, he’s got MVP status right now if you’re watching the games. I like the fact they were kind of wrote off by everybody and most of (the media), probably.

“It’s fun carrying that underdog role. We’ve been there. I think they’re surprising the heck out of a lot of us. It’s great for the city.”

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Sabres center Jochen Hecht (possible concussion) had his first contact practice Tuesday. Ruff won’t rule him out for Friday’s home opener against Carolina.

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