Optimism surges over future of Bills, Sabres

'"With Golisano, the fans have no worries about him moving the team," he says. "It's more a question of all the problems the NHL is having. We've got a stable owner in Buffalo, but not a stable league."'

Sullivan provides answers for Hawks

'Steve Sullivan completed his hat trick with the game-winner with 15 seconds left in the third period off a feed from Brett McLean.'

Thibault slowly getting back on track

'The Hawks blew several leads, but Steve Sullivan's three goals — the last with 14.9 seconds left in the third period — still produced a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres before 10,072 at the United Center.'

Hawks trio clicks again

'Sullivan had 3 goals and Ruutu 2 assists in Sunday's 5-4 win over Buffalo at the United Center, yet coach Brian Sutter continued to hedge on whether he planned to keep the trio together once the regular season commences in 10 days.'

Sabres season preview

'"They helped themselves by adding Andy Delmore and Drury. They've got a good battle with three goalies, but I'd have to say they're a long shot to make the playoffs."'

Chicago 5, Buffalo 4

'Paul Gaustad, Chris Drury, Andy Delmore and Chris Taylor scored for the Sabres. Norman Milley and Rory Fitzpatrick each had two assists for Buffalo (1-2-0-1).'

Chicago 5, Buffalo 4

'Steve Sullivan completed his hat trick with 15 seconds remaining, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 preseason victory over the Buffalo Sabres.'

Sabres Season Preview

‘There is no doubt that there is a very bright future ahead for the Buffalo Sabres.’

Gainey blasts fans

'As befitting any Montreal-Buffalo contest, feelings ran high but there was only one real altercation, with Buffalo rookie goon Andrew Peters landing several good punches before Gordie Dwyer wrestled him to the ice.'

Souray powers Habs to victory

'A 3-1 victory over the Sabres came thanks in large part to the play of Sheldon Souray, who, after missing the entire 2002-2003 season due to a wrist injury that required successive surgeries, is looking increasingly like the dominant force that helped lead Montreal to the second round of the playoffs the previous year. Souray scored, added an assist, racked up 21 penalty minutes on five infractions, and led the team with four shots. He finished the game at plus-2, one of five Montreal players, including the entire line of Richard Zednik, Mike Ribeiro, and Marcel Hossa, to do so.'

Montreal 3, Buffalo 1

'Curtis Brown scored Buffalo's goal early in the second. The Sabres fell to 1-1-0-1.'

Montreal 3, Buffalo 1

'Curtis Brown scored Buffalo's lone goal during a power play in the opening minute of the second period.'

Sabres play two this weekend

'The Buffalo Sabres take to the road today for a preseason two-game weekend swing through Montreal and Chicago. Three players will be heading to Rochester instead.'

The Sabres Cut Down To 33

'Defensemen Doug Janik, Ryan Jorde and winger Mike Ryan have been sent down.'

Lorentz Jr. follows in father's skates

'“Deep down, that’s my dream, for me to be on the ice and my dad broadcasting the game,” Lorentz said.'