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Downtrodden Sabres lighten things up with rookie dance-off at practice

Rookie Zemgus Girgensons showed the Buffalo Sabres that he can back it up with the best of them. Rookie Zemgus Girgensons showed the Sabres that he can back it up with the best of them. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

By Michael Blinn

To say things have been rough up in Buffalo this season is a drastic understatement.

The Sabres are 1-7-1, winless at home, and tied for last in the NHL with just 11 goals and a -13 goal differential. New trade rumors are swirling daily around a team that already looks like it's going to be a seller long before the trade deadline on March 5, 2014.

It hasn't been easy for coach Ron Rolston in his first full season behind the bench after taking over for Lindy Ruff, who was fired mid-way through 2012-13, but give the man credit: he's willing to try just about anything.

Witness, the Sabres trying to lighten things up with a center-ice dance off between the rookies to end practice:

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We've got some hip-hop break-dancing, a little air guitar, the always-popular 'Pulp Fiction,' and of course, some twerking, courtesy of Zemgus Girgensons.

"Everybody can recognize it’s a little tense here, so it’s a fun chance to embarrass the rookies," said goalie Ryan Miller, the center of many trade conjectures. "At any turn, we’re going to take advantage of that. You only get one crack at them when they’re rookies, so you’ve gotta do it."

While more tame than some suggested celebrations, the Sabres hope to have a reason to break them out on Saturday, when they continue the quest for their first home win of the season against the 6-1-0 Avalanche.
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