|Ruff takes blame for Sabres' sputtering start|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 13:58|
It begins with Ruff, who says it's on him ``to clean up this mess.''
Ruff was both upbeat and defiant on Thursday 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.
The Sabres returned to practice after a day off. It's their first two-day break between games since the first week of the season, and it closed a stretch in which they played 14 games in 24 days.
Buffalo now prepares to open a three-game homestand Friday, when it hosts Northeast Division-leading Boston (8-1-2).