Archives for January 2006

Sabres’ Connolly placed on injured reserve

‘Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said he does not anticipate recalling any players to replace Connolly in the lineup.’

Connolly injury taints win for Sabres

'"The initial thought is, it shouldn't need surgery," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who will find out more when Connolly has an MRI today.'

Briere watches Dumont's return with interest

'"I had different issues than he had, even before and after the surgery," Briere said. "He's been reacting differently to exercise even though we're doing the same things."'

Wednesday’s New York Coverage (Updated 11:00 a.m.)

Jagr Climbs Pedestal as His Idol Says Goodbye (New York Times)

Rangers not sharp vs. Sabres (New York Daily News)

Just terri-blue (New York Post)

Jagr salutes retiring Mario (New York Post)

Lundqvist keeps playoffs the main goal (New York Post)

Streak ends with less than team effort (Newsday)

Game photos (Newsday)

Little things sink Rangers in loss at home (White Plains Journal News)

Jagr: Lemieux best I played with (White Plains Journal News)

‘Flat’ Rangers fall prey to aggressive Sabres (Staten Island Advance)

Speedy Sabres race past Rangers for 2-1 win (

Post-game notes (

Photo gallery (

Buffalo 2, NY Rangers 1

‘Kotalik scored 1:53 into the third period after Rangers defenseman Marek Malik gave up the puck in his own end. Kotalik scooped up the loose puck, wheeled and fired a wrist shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist.’

Kotalik’s goal off turnover leads Sabres to victory

‘While attempting to carry out of the zone, Malik made a pass that deflected off Jason Pominville and directly to Kotalik, who fired a wrist shot from the slot just inside the right goalpost at 1:53 of the third for a 2-1 edge. “I got a great play by Pominville and Al with a great shot,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’s played better. At different times, different players get frustrated. But I think that was a nice game for Kotalik, and I’d like to see him build on it.”‘

Sabres C Connolly suffers knee injury in win over Rangers

‘”(Kasparaitis) just went low. It’s a cheap shot,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I’m upset. If you look at it, he went low on (Connolly). … For us to lose a player like that because he wants to go low and cut his knees out, that’s a joke.”‘

Buffalo 2, NY Rangers 1

‘”You look at that game, we totally dominated the game,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think we had them for four scoring chances the whole game. If it wasn’t for the goaltender the first period, they should have been down 5-0.”‘

Sabres Beat Rangers 2-1; Connolly Out 6-8 Weeks

‘Tim Connolly was taken down by a Darius Kasparaitis hip check late in the second period, and suffered what is being a called a second degree knee sprain. The team will do further tests to determine the exact extent of the injury, but Lindy Ruff says he will miss 6-8 weeks.’

Sabres indeed are power-ful, but they can’t wait for it

‘Also, Buffalo plays a more high-risk game than many seem to realize. They’ve been traditionally characterized as a defensive team in recent years, but in fact, as I’ve said all season, their defense corps is really underrated. They get involved in the play and pinch in probably as much, if not more, than any team in the league. Certain teams don’t do quite as much as that.’

Sabres return to form

‘”The way we responded after the Calgary game…that win means a lot to us.”‘

Sabres trap Rangers on Broadway, win 2-1

‘In the third period the Sabres showed why they have won so much this season – they work hard.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage (Updated 4:45 a.m.)

Thorburn is looking good, on ice and off (Rochester D&C)

Sabres activate RW Dumont

'The Sabres could use an offensive spark. They have scored one goal in four of their last eight games. Center Tim Connolly, who is tied with Chris Drury for the team lead with 38 points, has just one goal in his last nine games.'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks play three before AHL All-Star break (

Johner to read to kids at Winton Road library (