"I remember what the locker room looked like, and I can tell you where I was sitting, over there, but not too much of the game, everything was going so fast." Stepan said after the morning skate.
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The three goals in his NHL debut "definitely took a while to sink in, maybe three or four days," said Stepan, 20, who made the club after leaving the University of Wisconsin. "I'm still learning, it's a different atmosphere this part of the year. It's going to have some sort of special feeling, I don't know how long it's going to last."
Stepan, who scored his 20th goal of the season against Boston on Saturday, said a lot has changed.
"It's what, Game 77 tonight? . . . Just the way I prepare, the style of the game. Games like in Boston, 1-0, you're not going to see many mistakes; the first game of the year, you saw a little more breakdowns. It's tighter now. "
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who missed the game with what was described as an upper-body injury, possibly from a shot from Toronto's Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday that hit him in the clavicle, didn't even dress. Patrick Lalime was the backup . . . Mats Zuccarello was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. D Matt Gilroy sat for the third game . . . Jordan Leopold, Shaone Morrisonn, Jochen Hecht and Mike Grier were out for the Sabres.