Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Florida returns Sprukts to Rochester, recalls Booth (Amerks.com)

Sweet revenge for Sabres

‘”I know I was pretty excited in the first period with the way we came out swinging at them,” Briere said. “To be honest with you, it’s a lot more fun coming out like that and showing them how we play than going out there and trying to get in a fight with him or trying to make him pay the pric

e. That was the best thing for me that could happen in the first period.”‘

Sabres don’t get mad, they get even

‘You want retaliation? After giving up the fourth Buffalo goal, Caps goalie Brent Johnson smashed his stick to pieces on the crossbar and heaved the shaft down the ice before getting pulled. Surely that was more satisfying for Sabres fans – and more humane – than seeing someone smash a stick over Ovechkin’s noggin.’

No standing ovation for Ovechkin

‘The Washington Capitals wunderkind was greeted with full-throated boos throughout Tuesday’s dismantling of the Caps in HSBC Arena. It started from the moment he stepped on the ice 45 seconds after the opening faceoff and continued until the final buzzer.’

When Sabres see red, the lamp gets lit

‘But in Washington, the Sabres finally had a date to circle in red pen, a December game that stood out from the rest. A reason to get angry.’

Peters gets assist, and battles Brashear

‘“It’s nice to have, but it’s not like scoring a goal or anything,” he said. “I’ll take ‘em any way I can get ‘em. I’ll take ‘em from the press box if I could. But it really doesn’t matter to me.”’

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals KO’d In the First (Washington Post)

Sabres stick it to Caps (Washington Times)

Sabres Double-Up Caps, 6-3 (WashingtonCaps.com)

Postgame video (WashingtonCaps.com)

Buffalo 6, Washington 3

‘Ovechkin did score Tuesday, cutting the Sabres’ lead to 6-2 late in the second period. But even he was impressed by how Buffalo opened with six goals on nine shots. “They shoot, they score. They shoot, they score. It was like some magic,” Ovechkin said.’

Buffalo 6, Washington 3

‘Buffalo jumped all over the Capitals, netting six goals in the first 11 minutes of the game.’

Sabres Start Quick With Six In The First

‘Chris Drury would score twice and assist on two others to lead Buffalo to the 6-3 victory.’

Sabres Send Message With Win

‘”The effort that we put into this game is a sign of how much respect we have for our captain, Danny Briere,” said enforcer Andrew Peters, who finished the game a goal shy of a Western League hat trick. “We know what happened in Washington and we proved tonight that shouldn’t have happened.”‘

Sabres need half a period to demolish Capitals

‘With the Sabres storming out to a 3-0 lead, the Capitals called a timeout hoping to compose themselves. The timeout, however, just energized the Sabres and their sold-out arena as just 15 seconds later Kotalik rocketed a one-timer past Johnson for a 4-0 lead.’

Game # 36: Sabres 6, Capitals 3

‘For the opening eleven minutes, it appeared as if a black hole in the Washington net was sucking up one Buffalo-fired puck after another, as the Sabres converted on 6 of their first 8 shots on net.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

‘Dogs continue to own Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Streaking Bulldogs suddenly nipping at Rochester’s heels (Rochester D&C)

Bulldogs on a roll (Hamilton Spectator)

Bulldogs 3, Americans 2 (AP)

Rochester Falls to Hamilton (RNews.com)

Amerks suffer 3-2 loss to Hamilton (Amerks.com)

‘Dogs hold on to down Amerks (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

Sabres/Isles New Year's Day Game To Be On Versus

'The start time that day was not changed and will still be at 4 PM. That game will mark Ted Nolan's first appearence at the HSBC Arena as head coach of the Islanders. The Sabres/Isles game will be the first half of a New Year's Day doubleheader on Versus with Toronto hosting at Boston at 7 PM.'