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March 25, 2007

LEADING OFF: Ottawa lurking for 'scary' playoff rematch


Noticed who’s climbed closest to the Sabres in the Eastern Conference?

It’s former nemesis Ottawa, which has quietly been the league’s best team through the past two months, losing in regulation just twice since Feb. 1. Of a possible 22 points in February, the Sens got 18. In March, they’ve taken 18 of 24. And they’ve gone 7-0-4 in their last 11, climbing to 96 points in the process.

Buffalo has done a better job in the season’s second half, handing the Sens one of those two aforementioned losses.

But this team is as loaded as any, and still mad as heck about the Sabres’ dismantling of them in the playoffs. If Ray Emery stays good and Ottawa keeps skating, the Sabres have a wired bear to tangle with in Round 2.

Contact Group Sports Editor Tim Schmitt at 282-2311, ext. 2266.

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