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So far, so good

UNIONDALE -- Two games down, two wins in the books. Leadership questions already answered by Craig Rivet. Backup goaltending question answered for at least one game, and hopefully a lot longer, by Patrick Lalime. Three goals from the power play. A short-handed tally by Thomas Vanek.

Pretty good afternoon for the Sabres Monday in a 7-1 breeze over the New York Islanders in Nassau Coliseum. I'm loathe to judge anything off two games and if injuries keep piling up (we're in wait-and-see mode on Jochen Hecht), things will get sticky very quickly. And it would be nice if Henrik Tallinder could pick up his game. Couple bad giveaways and he's been a responsible part on both goals the Sabres have given up the first two games.

As good as this team has looked, that 11th-in-the-East prediction from The Hockey News looks silly right now. And I should just revoke my Sports Illustrated subscription. Does this look like the 13th-place team in the East? Didn't think so.

Any big surprises to you so far? And yes, you can chat up your biggest worry too. There's always things to fret about.

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---Mike Harrington


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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.

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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.

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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.

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