Briere Suspended 2 Games

‘The incident occurred midway through the second period. As the play turned up ice, Leetch began making his way to the bench for a line change when he hooked Briere around the legs. That caused the Sabres forward to fall, waving his stick wildly and striking the Bruins defenseman in the head.’

Thursday’s New Jersey Coverage (Updated 11:30 a.m.)

Buffalo (45-21-6) at New Jersey (36-27-9) (AP)

Sabres look for first road win vs. Devils in five years (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (45-21-6) at New Jersey Devils (36-27-9) (The Sports Network)

Sabres vs. Devils

‘The Sabres have 21 road wins, two shy of franchise single-season record set in 1983-84.’

Sabres end long skid with victory over Bruins

‘”I don’t have enough time to tell you right now [how good this feels],” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s a great relief.”‘

Connolly plays like award winner

‘Connolly’s all grown up at 24, playing the best hockey of his pro career and realizing the levels of production anticipated when the New York Islanders selected him fifth overall in 1999. He’s arrived as a full-fledged candidate for the Masterton, having displayed all the attributes the award demands while enduring some of the toughest of times.’

Playoff tickets are back!

‘For the first time in five years, the Buffalo Sabres have made the following announcement: Playoff tickets go on sale soon.’

Traffic officer struck by SUV at HSBC Arena

‘A Buffalo police officer was taken to the Erie County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by an SUV while directing traffic in front of HSBC Arena before Wednesday’s Sabres game with the Boston Bruins, police reported.’

Gritty Buffalo ends six-game losing skid

‘”I think we’ve been slowly getting back to where we were,” said defenseman Brian Campbell. “We played a pretty good game in New York even though it didn’t work out (5-4 shootout loss Monday) and tonight we kind of put things together. We have a ways to go, but it’s nice to get a win again and hopefully we can start a little streak here.”‘

Surprise! Connolly is key to Sabres success

‘With the Sabres reeling and desperate for a win, The Guy Who Drove Us Nutty showed Wednesday he’s become The Guy The Sabres Can’t Live Without. Seriously.’

Thursday’s Boston Coverage

Another nosedive has Bruins on edge (Boston Globe)

Just can’t score win vs. Sabres (Boston Herald)

Leetch suffers head injury (Boston Herald)

Sabres edge Bruins, 4-3 (BostonBruins.com)

Buffalo 4, Boston 3

‘Chris Drury had a goal and assist while Maxim Afinogenov also scored for Buffalo, which twice squandered one-goal leads in the final 27 minutes. Daniel Briere had three assists and center Tim Connolly set up two in his return to the lineup after missing seven games with a sprained left knee.’

Sabres D Numminen sidelined with sprained knee

‘Teppo Numminen will miss up to two weeks after the veteran Sabres defenseman sprained his knee in Buffalo’s 4-3 win over Boston on Wednesday night.’

Buffalo 4, Boston 3

‘Buffalo improved to 7-1 against Boston this season.’

Sabres Beat Bruins Again To End Skid

‘Tim Connolly’s return to the lineup was a big help to the Sabres’ offense. Connolly picked up two assists in his first game back after reaggrevating his knee injury. Daniel Briere had three assists as well.’

Sabres stop the skid

‘”We needed that win really badly.”‘