Lee Stempniak coming home to Buffalo

‘”People take a lot of pride of being from Buffalo and everything associated with it.”‘

Back alive with five

‘“We’re vastly improved in a lot of areas, but we’re going to have a lot of tests coming up,” said Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who won his fourth straight decision. “It only gets harder during the year, and we can’t just accept that this is good hockey we’re playing. We have to keep going.”’

Campbell, Spacek skate as top pair

‘It’s proof Ruff has confidence in the pair, confidence he didn’t have last year. It’s easy to see why. Campbell entered the game against the Capitals with a team-high 13 assists, while Spacek led the blue-liners with five goals despite missing eight games with a shoulder injury. They were a combined plus-3.’

Tuesday’s Washington Coverage

Speedy Sabres Curtail Caps’ Modest Streak (Washington Post)

Capitals’ mistakes prove costly (Washington Times)

Boudreau suffers first NHL loss (Washington Examiner)

Postgame notebook (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Buffalo 3, Washington 1

‘Hecht nearly had a hat trick, but Washington goalie Olie Kolzig robbed him from right in front during the third period.’

Buffalo 3, Washington 1

‘Buffalo reclaimed the lead at the 8:07 mark of the second. Daniel Paille stole the puck between the circles and quickly passed it to Hecht, who was perched in front of Kolzig. Hecht snapped a wrister that beat Kolzig on the stick-side.’

Hecht Leads Sabres To Fifth Straight Win

‘For the fifth straight game the Sabres scored first as Jochen Hecht wrapped around the net and banked it home halfway through the first period.’

Danke Schoen!

‘And just like that the Buffalo Sabres are back to being a dominating hockey team.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks lose Sekera to Buffalo, Florida reassigns MacDonald (Amerks.com)

Amerks to spend weekend on the road (Amerks.com)

Sabres start to find themselves; and the light of winning

‘Darkest Before Dawn: Lindy Ruff said after the second game of the season that the Sabres had some players who were “trying to find their way.” After the seventh game, a loss in Montreal, he said his team might even need another 15-20 games to get it together. Turns out the Sabres DID need some time to figure out who they were.’

Amerks lose Sekera to Buffalo, Florida reassigns MacDonald

'Sekera receives his second NHL recall of the season after registering one goal and five assists for six points in 10 games with the Amerks. With Buffalo, the Bojnice, Slovakia, native has one assist and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 11 games. Sekera is expected to dress in tonight’s National Hockey League contest against the Washington Capitals.'

Sabres standing tall after streak

'“Winning’s a whole different attitude and atmosphere,” Sabres forward Andrew Peters said. “It’s great to be back in a place where we should have been from the start. I think we’re still not satisfied with where we are. It’s just a start, hopefully.”'

Monday’s Washington Coverage

Buffalo (10-10-1) at Washington (8-14-1) (AP)

Capitals look for better result against Sabres (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (10-10-1) at Washington Capitals (8-14-1) (The Sports Network)

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Thibault gets zeroed in

‘“I just felt comfortable out there,” he said. “I didn’t know that it was going to be a shutout, but I knew that I was going to play a solid game. But the guys were so good in front of me that it was a pleasure to be there.”’

Miller lightening his leadership duties

‘“I’m trying to focus more on my game,” Miller said. “Early in the season, I was probably too worried about what everybody else was trying to do, trying to be bigger than my role. I was trying to do too many things at once. I can’t be a captain-type leader and talk to guys at all times. I have to go out and just do my job.”’