Miller helped Rochester extend its winning streak to six games by stopping 109 of 112 shots in three victories last week.
" He's got a hairtrigger on his shot. It's uncanny how quick he shoots that puck. It just touches his stick and it's flying at the net. Few are really quick and none are quicker."
'His strong play through January and February earned him his first extended recall to the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. In 23 games with the Sabres, he scored 1-8-9. Instead of a breakout season of domination with the Amerks, Bartovic has been just another player most nights. The Amerks hope that changes tonight when they play the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial.'
'"As much as it's an individual honor," Kelley said after speaking to an audience that included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and legendary coach Scotty Bowman, "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the people of Buffalo and Western New York. "For a kid from Buffalo to write for his hometown newspaper and have an audience in his hometown believe and trust in his words, that's every bit as important to me as getting this award."'
'"It's part of our job right now with the hunger the fans have to portray the game in a good light," Miller said. "We're the show right now in Western New York, and a lot of people showed up to support us. I was excited so many people turned out. It was a great chance for us to showcase. It's good to see hockey is still strong in people's minds."'
'Rookie winger Thomas Vanek scored two goals, Paul Gaustad added a goal and goalie Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots.'
'"This is definitely a building I want to play in for a long time," Vanek said. "We've been struggling the first eight games and getting a win was a good way to start the weekend."'
'Hockey was suddenly the thing to watch in downtown Buffalo on Friday, with more than 2,700 tickets sold on the game-night walkup. The arena lobby was overflowing with last-minute shoppers, with lines snaking outside the building. Mike Gilbert, director of media relations for the Sabres, even hopped behind the last ticket window to help out.
'''It hasn't been the best start, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy,'' Vanek said. ''I'm just trying to work hard in practice and get some more ice time, and develop from there.'''
With a portion of the profits, the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association will endow a scholarship at Paul Smith’s College for one Buffalo area student. Already scheduled to appear are comedian Dennis Leary, Hockey Night In Canada’s Ron MacLean, 1980 U.S. Olympic hero Jim Craig, along with Hockey Hall of Famers Gilbert Perreault and Pat LaFontaine.
"I’m not sure really. We can speculate the answer, maybe thinking the league was going to be easy," stated Cunneyworth. "I think that’s how we came in to the season, but now we realized how tough this league is going to be. I think it’s time to get working and get this team headed in the right direction."
'It's the first of two scheduled games for the Amerks in Buffalo — the second is set for Dec. 28.'
'LaFontaine, the Buffalo Sabres and the Sabres Alumni Association will hold a celebrity hockey game Dec. 4 in HSBC Arena to raise money for the installation of a state-of-the-art playroom sanctuary. "The very special kids at Children's Hospital of Buffalo inspired me to do everything I've done to this day," said LaFontaine, who spent six seasons with the Sabres in the 1990s.'
'Vanek also could be the poster boy for Rochester's poor start. There are many reasons why the Amerks head into their 7:30 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks with one of the three worst records in the 28-team American Hockey League.'
'More than 8,000 tickets had been sold as of Thursday, and a crowd between 10,000 and 11,000 is expected.'