Ruff Said Injured Players Could Return Friday

'Ruff said Henrik Tallinder has been skating, and his arm is pain-free, but the defenseman has not been cleared for contact.'

The hottest ticket in town

'Revenue sharing checks were mailed in the first week of November to the nearly one dozen teams that qualified for help, including the Sabres. A source close to the distribution system said the Sabres received about $6 million of the $90 million handed out for the 2005-06 season.'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks receive six players; swap defensemen with Florida (ECHL) (Amerks.com)

Giant killers? (GriffinsHockey.com)

Pining over Drury, Chicken Parm and Life cereal

‘Afinogenov is the most feared man on the planet during this OT.’

Net duel goes Miller's way

'"With the number of injuries we had, two of our top four defensemen out, it was a great stretch for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "To come into this situation and win after a disappointing overtime loss to Montreal, it was a good bounce-back game for us."'

Monday’s New York Coverage (Updated 6:00 a.m.)

Rangers Stay With the Sabres, but Can’t Hang on in Overtime (New York Times)

Rangers officially furious (New York Daily News)

Shanahan blows whistle on refs (New York Post)

Lucky to get the point (Newsday)

Lundqvist becoming workhorse (Newsday)

Rangers fume over Sabres’ OT winner (White Plains Journal News)

Drury’s deflection foils Rangers in overtime (NewYorkRangers.com)

Post-game notes (NewYorkRangers.com)

Game photos (NewYorkRangers.com)

Buffalo 3, NY Rangers 2, OT

‘”Lindy kind of set that motto last year: ‘Never lose two in a row,”‘ Drury said. “Our goal is never to do that, always bounce back after a loss. I’m glad we did that.”‘

Buffalo 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)

‘”We gave up a two-goal lead on the road which is bad, but to win in OT, I’m pretty happy about it,” said Drury. “We got a lot of guys with a lot of talent. We knew if we kept shooting we’d catch a break.”‘

Sabres Get By Rangers 3-2 In OT

‘In overtime, Chris Drury would win a faceoff back to Teppo Numminen and would take a slap shot from the point; Drury would crash the net and tip in the game winning goal.’

Wrapping Up With An OT Win

‘”I thought tonight was going to be a night where we won 2-1, but Straka caught the top part of the net,” said goaltender Ryan Miller. “I guess it’s a little more exciting. Too bad we have to do things the hard way all the time, but we were able to pull it off tonight.”‘

Drury’s OT winner sends Sabres into four-day break

‘Playing in their 10th game in 17 days with walking wounded Jason Pominville (groin), Jaroslav Spacek (groin) and Daniel Paille (foot), with Jiri Novotny out after absorbing a big hit from Matt Cullen late in the second period, and with essentially five defensemen, it figured to be a tough lead to hold in the third period. It was.’

Game # 24: Sabres 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

‘In addition to four starters already missing from the lineup with injuries, the Sabres lost utility forward Jiri Novotny to an upper body injury late in the first period.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Smith’s OT goal caps comeback win for Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Marlies let it all get away (Toronto Sun)

Marlies’ weekend starts with win over Syracuse, ends with OT loss to Americans (National Post)

Brandon Smith’s overtime goal gives Amerks 5-4 win over Marlies (CP)

Amerks Top Toronto In OT (RNews.com)

Amerks back on track; Cunneyworth wins no. 250 (Amerks.com)

Amerks shock Marlies with late comeback (TorontoMarlies.com)

Kotalik is own worst critic

'"I'm really, really proud in how the team's going," Kotalik said. "It was a little frustrating when you're looking around and all these guys around you are putting up goals and contributing offensively and you just can't find a way. Everything you do, you put 100 percent effort into your preparation for games, and whatever I did I just couldn't get the reward like the other guys. That was frustrating for me."'

Connolly's condition postpones his return

'Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn earlier this month said doctors told the team Connolly's recovery time should be similar to the one that forced him to miss all of 2003-04 with a concussion suffered in the preseason. Quinn said Connolly was OK to play in about 5 1/2 months.'