Lydman surprised to be Sabres Captain

'“I think Toni has probably been our steadiest of defenders; the most physical,” Lindy Ruff said. “He’s done a real good job penalty killing. I think his effort inside every game has been very good."'

Sabres zeroing in on top power-play unit

‘The drought seems to weigh on Vanek more than the others. His $10 million salary is never far from the conversation, and several on the team have agreed Vanek is tough on himself even in the best of times. Getting blanked hardly qualifies as good fun.’

Campbell, Connolly leading the way through first 10 games

‘Soupy was the most balanced, most effective player on the ice for the Sabres through the first 10 games of the season. He leads the team in plus/minus rating, despite playing with his now third defensive partner. The Sabres would be wise to throw a lasso around this free agent-to-be.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks prepare for three-game stint (Amerks.com)

Sabres hopeful for a Thursday return by Jaroslav Spacek

'"We've made some adjustments, but [Spacek's absence] it's hurt us," said Ruff. "That power-play unit, with him shooting off the right side, was going real well for us. I thought his penalty killing was excellent for us."'

Sabres need consistent play

'“We played, what I felt was, more consistent road hockey,” Ruff said. “A little bit simpler game I thought.”'

Sabres starting to move forward

‘“I’m proud of the boys,” Miller said. “It was a good job to get back to even. We’re going through a few growing pains early, but we’re showing a lot of character.”’

Product line could be on thin ice

‘When many hours of Internet research turned up no evidence that anyone, including the National Hockey League and the Buffalo Sabres, had registered “Ice Bowl” as a protected trademark, Corsi phoned his lawyer and filled out a federal trademark application.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester loses, but puts forth effort (Rochester D&C)

Cullimore hopes to make NHL return (Rochester D&C)

B-Sens hold on late to defeat Rochester (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Binghamton Beats Amerks (RNews.com)

Amerks 4, Binghamton 5 (Amerks.com)

Slumping Sabres have a six-pack of problems

'The first 10 games have shown Buffalo's flaws run deeper than the departures of the former co-captains, starting with these half-dozen…'.

Sabres finding road to recovery

‘“It shows the kind of character we have,” said left wing Thomas Vanek, who scored the game-winner. “We felt good after the second [period], and we talked about driving it up a little bit in the third. Even the goal [that gave Tampa a 3-2 lead with 13:46 left], it didn’t stop us. We just kept getting the puck deep and getting chances.”’

Pratt may sign contract in near future

‘The decision facing the Sabres was whether Pratt is an improvement over rookie Andrej Sekera. The 21-year-old Sekera started the season in Rochester but was called up when Jaroslav Spacek went down with a shoulder injury. Spacek will return Thursday, but with Dmitri Kalinin out at least a month with a knee sprain, there is a long-term opening.’

Young Buffalo players maturing quickly

'Miller said his team must learn discipline and how to play in its system: "We get better in those two areas, you'll see the goals against go down and the goals for go up."'

Vanek a superstar in native Austria

'His success sparked interest back home, where the 23-year-old was recently named "Athlete of the Year" by a major Austrian sports magazine.'

Sunday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Bad Bounce For Bolts (Tampa Tribune)

Tortorella Says No Goal Was Correct Call (Tampa Tribune)

Done in by an unlucky bounce (St. Petersburg Times)

Lundin slowly earning more ice time (St. Petersburg Times)

Bolts drop 4-3 overtime loss to Sabres (TampaBayLightning.com)

Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)