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by Jason Pominville / Buffalo Sabres
Jason Pominville (Photo: Bill Wippert)

I think we have started to turn the page.

The road was good for us as a team and now we are 3-1 in the new season.

I think it helps to have everyone together. We seem to play tight and keep it simple away from our building. The problem is, and we’ve seen it in the past, that when we do come back we don’t bring that road game with us. We try to be too cute and too fancy and that’s not the way we play.  

Last night’s game against the Lightning was what we needed.

We didn’t get the start we wanted in the first 10 minutes but as the game went on we were better and better. We got a huge lift from Paul Gaustad and Adam Mair with two big fights. They really got the crowd into it and got everybody going on the bench as well.

That’s what we want. We want that grit game and we want this building to be a tough place to play, especially heading into tomorrow’s game against the Maple Leafs.

We haven’t played them in the regular season yet and they have taken some big strides since the last time we met in exhibition. They have a new General Manager, a new coach and a few new players. They are a young, fast team and we are going to have to be ready for them. They have given trouble to a lot of good teams this year.

Everytime we play them it’s a high intensity game. Part of that is because almost half the building is their fans.

It’s a different atmosphere when Toronto comes to town. In the past we have had some good games against them and they are definitely fun games to be a part of. We are excited about it and the fans are as well.

I just hope they get a similar show.

I've received a lot of questions lately so I'll answer a few today:

I know that most of the team plays soccer before the game. Who on the team is the best at this pre-game warm up? Ciana – Lockport, NY

I don’t play but I would have to say Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder are probably the two best players from what I have heard. The Europeans definitely have an edge.

Happy Birthday Jason!! What did you do to celebrate this year? Chelsea – Lockport, NY

I didn’t really do much. We played the next day so I just went out for dinner and that is pretty much it. Nothing big.

Do you or your teammates play the NHL 09 video game on XBox or Playstation?  If so, when you do, do you play as yourself or someone else and who? Jessica – Laramie, Wyoming

I have the game but I honestly haven’t played it yet. I play Rock Band and Guitar Hero once in a while, but I haven’t played any hockey games.

Growing up I used to play Blades of Steel a lot... Punchout was the best game though.
Do you get into the Christmas spirit much? Bob - Buffalo, NY

Definitely. I love Christmas. The family usually comes down and it’s just great to get together and a fun time of year for me.

Does the team change the style of play depending on whether Ryan Miller or Pat Lalime is in net? Ashley – Buffalo, NY

Not at all. They are both prepared well. If Patty is not playing he is taking extra shots and works hard during practice. For the most part they prepare themselves the best they can and once we go out there we just do the same things. It doesn’t matter who is in net.

I'm 9 years old and I play hockey in squrits... I'm working hard in practice to get better, but the problem is my teammate never passes the puck. How can i get him to pass instead of trying to do everything himself? Conor – Buffalo, NY

Maybe if you yell for the puck and call for his passes. We even do it at this level. It will help him to know where you are on the ice. Usually your first reaction when you hear something is to put your head up and take a look at who is yelling so that would definitely be the easiest thing to try to get some passes from him.

What is your favorite song? Allie – Williamsville, NY

I listen to a lot of French music so it would have to be a French song. I like Les Cowboys Fringants so probably one of theirs.
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