Meet the Sabres: Jiri Novotny

‘“I remember my first year here. It was so tough because I didn’t speak English..like nothing. I taught myself just by watching t.v.”.’

Brodeur bedevils Sabres

‘”As a group we’re kind of limping in there, so despite being one point away it’s still a frustrating night,” said Sabres co-captain Chris Drury. “We came here to get two points, and we didn’t.”‘

Briere receives two-game suspension

‘”To be honest, I’m a little suprised with two games for something that’s solely accidental. I looked at the replay and I know it was accidental,” Briere said.’

Friday’s New Jersey Coverage (Updated 9:00 a.m.)

Devs foil Sabres, remain tied (New York Daily News)

Devils keep on playoff pace (New York Post)

Devils edge closer to playoff spot (Newark Star Ledger)

Devils frown on inconsistent officiating (Newark Star Ledger)

Devils push closer to playoffs (Bergen Record)

Devils notes (Bergen Record)

Devils inch closer to playoffs as Brodeur stifles Sabres (Asbury Park Press)

Sabres Fall Short Against Devils

‘Buffalo lost for the seventh time in its last eight games and fell for the fifth straight time on the road.’

Devils squeeze out Sabres

‘”They reaaly eliminated a lot of our better opportunities.”‘

Sabres trapped in New Jersey, lose to the Devils 3-1

‘New Jersey played a very disciplined, tight, defensive game that throttled the number of scoring chances the Sabres were able to muster. Overall this was not a terribly exciting game to watch and the Sabres were not able to build off of any momentum they gained last night against Boston.’

Briere Reacts To Suspension

‘Sabres captain Daniel Briere says he’s “surprised” that he was suspended two games for high-sticking Bruins defenseman Brian Leetch. Briere said he was expecting a “fine or a one game suspension,” and that the incident was “accidental.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Thorburn’s decline mirrors Amerks’ slump (Rochester D&C)

New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1

‘Buffalo has 96 points and holds a six-point lead over the Philadelphia Flyers for the fourth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.’

New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1

'Buffalo trailed the entire game but closed the gap to 2-1 when Tim Connolly broke up Brodeur's shutout bid with a little more than 5 minutes left with a wrist shot through traffic. But Gionta scored 1:05 later to give the Devils a two-goal cushion.'

Sabres break losing skid

'“I don’t have enough time to tell you right now,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said when asked if he was relieved the steak was over. “It’s a big relief.”'

Buffalo's Briere gets two-game suspension

'He will miss Thursday's contest in New Jersey and Saturday's game at Toronto.'

Sabres C Briere suspended for two games by NHL

‘He will be eligible to return when the Sabres complete a two-game series at Toronto on Monday.’

Sabres C Briere handed two-game suspension

‘Briere will forfeit $19.775.62 in salary, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.’