Ruff takes blame for Sabres' sputtering start

Updated: February 14, 2013, 7:13 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In taking responsibility for the Buffalo Sabres' sputtering start, coach Lindy Ruff remains confident the team can dig itself out of an early-season hole.

It begins with him.

"It's on me to clean up this mess," Ruff said Thursday. "And I'm not done trying."

Ruff was both upbeat and defiant in the face of mounting criticism directed toward him, while assessing a team that's lacked identity and consistency in getting off to a 5-8-1 start.

"We'll find it," ...

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