Scouting report

'There's bad blood between these teams after a Canadiens' goaltender was injured in each of the first two games between the teams this season.'

Sabres focused on standings, not old grudges

'"We want to get off to a good start," said Varada, "and hopefully put an end to the slump."'

Sabres vs. Canadiens

'Tonight's game is the first of seven consecutive road games for the Canadiens.'

Sabres: We won't abandon Amerks

'"No question about it, we're not going to sit back," said Carriere, assistant to Sabres general manager Darcy Regier. "We want the team to be successful. Being a good partner is understanding the tradition in Rochester. Rochester is an extension of our arm."'

Talent of Afinogenov blossoms

'Afinogenov's defensive play also has improved dramatically, allowing Ruff to use him more often.'

Spirits lifted by sincerity, giving of Ray

'No Buffalo athlete has made a more sustained and sincere commitment to the sick and needy children of this community.'

Sabres in trouble

'But if Buffalo expects to reach 90 points on the season, which is usually the number of points needed to safely make the playoffs, they would need 58 points in their final 45 games.'

Sabres bring Christmas joy to area's underprivileged

'Rob Ray's annual Christmas gift delivery took place Sunday, when Ray and 10 of his teammates mobilized to deliver food, toys, hats and gloves to underprivileged Buffalonians.'

A bitter week in December

It was a bitter pill to swallow. The Sabres fans have expected top notch goaltending ever since their inception. Having seen such greats as Roger Crozier, Tom Barrasso, Don Edwards and Bob Sauve, not to mention the future Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek, tend the pipes in the Sabres storied history, it came as a complete shock to see the horrendous goaltending as of late.

Struggling Sabres beaten by Leafs

'It was the Sabres' sixth loss in their past eight games and their fifth straight defeat with Martin Biron as the starting goalie.'

Players make their marks in Hockey Hall of Fame

'Center Tim Connolly played in his 200th career NHL game Saturday night, an impressive feat for someone who still isn't old enough to sip a beer in Buffalo.'

Quinn behind this win

'With about 30 seconds left in the second period, Quinn put out his three best offensive players in a five-on-five situation and it resulted in the decisive goal in Toronto's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.'

Second period Leaf surge does in Sabres

The stage was set for another repeat performance by the Buffalo Sabres. With the Toronto Maple Leafs leading 3-2 late in the final period, the Leafs took a penalty just like they did Friday night in Buffalo. The Sabres scored a powerplay goal in the first game of the home-and-home series to tie the game. Saturday night in the Air Canada Centre, it played out exactly the same, except this time the Leafs shutdown the Sabres offense and came away with a 3-2 victory.

Bloody Well Right!

'James Patrick and Rhett Warrener scored for Buffalo, which took just one point from the home-and-home series and has won just one of its past eight games.'

Mogilny's assists tops among Leafs

'Mogilny registered two assists last night and has 20 in 36 games, putting him on pace for 46.'