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Escape from L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- It's been four years since the Sabres visited Southern California. It will be fine by them if they don't come back for another four.

The Sabres were embarrassed again Thursday, as they dropped back-to-back ugly decisions to Anaheim and Los Angeles. Jocelyn Thibault allowed four goals in the first period to L.A., and Ryan Miller didn't fare much better when he replaced him.

The Kings came out hitting, and the Sabres responded poorly -- much like they did against the Ducks. Buffalo took retaliatory penalties, which allowed L.A. to blow the game open. You can be sure other teams will look at the videos and adopt a hard-hitting approach whenever they match up against the Sabres.

Any chance Buffalo, a smaller team built on speed, can figure out how to handle that?

It's hard to believe this is the same team that came to the West Coast with wins in six of seven games. They play Saturday in San Jose, and if they get trounced again, it'll be a sign that personnel will have to change -- unless the Sabres want this to be a learning year for the young guys.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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