Brown out for season with broken ankle

'Brown was injured when he blocked a shot with 8:22 left in the first period, but he was able to finish the game.'

Buffalo 4, Montreal 1

'"It was extremely productive, and an extremely efficient game," Biron said. "We skated, we got pucks to the net and I think in the second period, we took our speed to another level that really created a lot of room on the ice. I think we've been really consistent for six or seven games now, and that's the way we wanted to play for the whole season."'

Kotalik out while three Sabres plan to return

'Coach Lindy Ruff said Kotalik could miss Buffalo's upcoming two-game road trip, which starts Saturday in Carolina. Kotalik is second among rookies with 19 goals and is third on the team with 32 points. Meanwhile, Adam Mair, Jay McKee and Taylor Pyatt are expected to play Friday night against Montreal.'

Hey, 19 – Kotalik looks to move up against Montreal

'Kotalik is second among NHL rookies with his 19 tallies. He's third overall on the Sabres. But the red goal light hasn't sparkled for him since March 15 in Atlanta, a five-game skid that's weighing on the 24-year-old more than he wished.'

Sabres vs. Canadiens

'Season Series: Sabres lead, 3-1.'

Nolan optimistic

'"All of a sudden you hear rumours about drunkenness, affairs, just rumours that really attacked my integrity more than anything. People can say I can't coach, that's their prerogative. But when they start talking about things that they don't know, that's hard. I bet you 99 per cent of the people who said all those things don't really know who I am."'

Sabres add luster to their finish

'"We take every game by itself," said Sabres left wing Jochen Hecht, "and it's a great feeling when you come in the dressing room after you won the game. Whether it's at the beginning of the year or the end of the year, it doesn't matter. You want to have that feeling of winning."'

Sabres need to decide Regier's fate

'Smith, the architect of the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup champions, is eager to prove he can run a rebuilding, small-budget team. He would be an ideal choice. But other teams (San Jose, for one) might be interested in Smith, too.'

Golisano will pay ground rent for arena

'Golisano's pledge is viewed by city officials as an important step in gaining their approval, an essential piece to his purchase of the Sabres. The money reflects the annual ground rent the city is entitled to under the operating agreement for HSBC Arena. By agreeing to pay the rent, Golisano has done what previous bidder Mark Hamister failed to do and, in the process, paved the way for City Hall to approve his deal.'

Panthers lack clear goals

'Jokinen said Briere confessed to the Greg Louganis impersonation, which is punishable by a $1,000 fine from the NHL office, even if it isn't called.'

It gets worse for Panthers – Luongo injured

'"I thought diving was going to be called, and it wasn't," Keenan said. "It was a nose dive, a swan dive, a double gainer. I'm surprised he didn't flip backwards in the air while he was doing it."'

Sun-Sentinel's 3 stars

'1. Mika Noronen, Sabres: The young goalie was terrific as he made 29 saves.'

Sabres beat Panthers on 'swan dive'

'If the Buffalo Sabres could play as well as they act, they might be headed for the playoffs instead of battling the Panthers for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.'

Sabres 2, Panthers 1

It is just a pleasant surprise, Ruff said. They like playing together. They create a lot every game. Tonight they were in on five or six great chances.

Buffalo 2, Florida 1

Daniel Briere scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute of the second period as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Florida Panthers, 2-1, to register their first three-game home winning streak in nearly two years.