BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The gloves are off in Buffalo now that coach Ted Nolan's patience has run out waiting for his lethargic Sabres to show signs of a spark.
Nolan expressed his frustrations, including using a profanity in yelling at his players to ''wake ... up,'' in putting the team through a grueling 90-minute practice Wednesday.
Nolan says that after purposefully giving Buffalo a 10-game grace period, the time for taking it easy is now over.
The Sabres (2-8) have been shut out in four of their past six games, and are coming off a 4-0 loss at Toronto on Tuesday.
Buffalo has scored just 10 goals. According to STATS, that's tied for the fourth fewest through the first 10 games of a season in NHL history, and fewest since Chicago scored that many in 1936-37.