Moore: Friends until puck drops

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Once the puck drops tonight, Dominic Moore will greet his former Maple Leafs teammates with bodychecks, not handshakes.

Facing the Leafs for the first time since being traded to the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round pick March 4, Moore said there will be no sentimental moments out on the ice.

Not with the Sabres scrambling to keep their post-season aspirations alive.

"You do your job," Moore said yesterday. "Obviously you have friends over there ... but (once the game starts) everyone competes hard.

"(The Leafs) are playing with nothing to lose right now and they've been playing well with that mentality," he said.

"We've got to match that intensity."

Surely this can't be just "another game" for the Toronto native, can it?

"It's a case where I'm just focused on helping (Buffalo) as much as I can. We're right in the thick of things. Maybe we're a bit of an underdog right now but we've got to do everything we can to win games. And (tonight) is a huge one."

Moore has three points in nine games as a Sabre.

"I think it's unfair to judge him by numbers," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He hasn't had the power-play role that he had in Toronto ... I have no complaints with the way he's played."


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