Lindy Ruff has had his moments this year, but one thing you can always count on is his ability to make himself clear. He has no qualms with identifying players by name and doesn't often mince words. He'll call a spade a spade, as he likes to say, when facing the harsh realites after a game.

The reality Tuesday night was Drew Stafford's blown coverage, more than anything else, contributed to the Sabres suffering another loss at home. He was responsible for defenseman Jared Cowen and instead allowed him to roam freely for the winner in the Senators' 3-2 overtime victory in First Niagara Center.

"Staff was supposed to stay with his guy," Ruff said. "He was with him at the top of the circle and just let him go. There was nothing else to that play."

Really, what else could he say?