Sabres open long, long road trip

'Starting with tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators, Campbell and the Buffalo Sabres will spend the next week ricocheting around North America. Far and away the longest, most grueling trip of the Sabres' season, the whirlwind tour takes them through Ottawa, Philadelphia, Colorado, Dallas and Boston – all in eight days.'

Varada, Smehlik to miss Sabres' road trip

'[Varada] had a headache Monday and must be symptom-free for seven days before being cleared to play, team spokesman Mike Gilbert said.'

Dave: A productive day at the office

Slowly but surely, cagey veteran Dave Andreychuk has recognized that if he wants to stay in the lineup and contribute, he has to do it from his office in front of the net…

Sabres' shaky defense deflects Lightning

'Despite a three-goal lead deep into the third period, the Sabres lost focus. A couple of scary injuries preceded two Lightning short-handed goals, and the Sabres had to hold on for a 5-4 victory in front of a sold-out matinee house.'

Holzinger should pay plenty for his cheap shot

'"He's just trying to play aggressive and he doesn't know how to do it," said Sabres winger Rob Ray. "And that's why he's getting in trouble for it."'

Woolley and Varada take severe hits

'An on-ice wedding was performed before the game for Rob Woodrow of Alexander and Tracy Clark of Tampa. Woodrow wore his Sabres jersey and Clark her Lightning jersey for the ceremony. But after they were pronounced man and wife, Clark lifted off her top to reveal a Sabres jersey underneath.'

Fund raising fits Sabres alumni

'Perhaps the biggest goal Gerry Meehan ever scored for the Buffalo Sabres wasn't against the Philadelphia Flyers in 1972. It was his creation of a Buffalo Sabres Alumni group in the 1980s.'

Sabres bring in Campbell

‘When the Buffalo Sabres depart for Ottawa today for tomorrow’s game against the Senators, left winger Vaclav Varada won’t be on the plane. Instead, Brian Campbell will take his place.’

Lax Lightning lose in debacle vs. Sabres

'Playing with little discipline, fire or intelligence, the Lightning fell behind 2-0 after 15 minutes and dropped a 5-4 decision to Hasek and the Sabres, self- destructing along the way in extending their road winless streak to 11 games.'

Bolts' power play still powerless

'The Lightning entered Sunday's matchup against the Sabres 3-for-64 on the power play in their previous 10 games. They went 0-for-9 in beating the Blues at home and 0-for-9 again in Saturday's scoreless tie at Philadelphia. Against the Sabres, the power play was 0-for-4.'

Lightning rally provides excitement, but no win

'Stung by an awful first 10 minutes and three power-play goals, the Lightning made an uneven performance more frustrating with a rally that fell short as Buffalo won 5-4 at HSBC Arena on Sunday.'

Face shield? No brawler wears one

'[Matthew Barnaby's] job description won't allow [a face shield], he said. "The job I do out there, I really can't wear one unless everyone else is wearing one," he said. "It would be pretty hypocritical.'

Sabres 5, Lightning 4

'The Buffalo Sabres felt fortunate to come away with a victory on Sunday.'

Buffalo 5, Tampa Bay 4

'Red-hot Miroslav Satan and Vladimir Tsyplakov scored 10 seconds apart in the second period and the Buffalo Sabres held on for an ugly but effective 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.'

Buffalo Beats Bolts

'At (4-24-3-3) Tampa Bay has the worst road mark in the NHL.'