Strains in Sabres-Amerks marriage are mounting

‘“We’ve been in a situation for the last three years that was not what we’d prefer,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said. “We’d like to have our own team and control it. We never wanted a dual affiliation. We’re going to make sure that we have an affiliate that’s our team and our team only. That’s all I can say.”’

'Old man' Thibault values ice time in Montreal

'"They came out hard, but I thought we played well defensively," said Thibault, noting that the task was made more difficult because the Sabres lost Henrik Tallinder to an undisclosed injury midway through the second period. "I thought we played a perfect road game," Thibault added.'

Sunday’s Montreal Coverage

Sabres leave canadiens rattled (Montreal Gazette)

‘Old man’ Thibault values ice time in Montreal (Montreal Gazette)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)


The following are rough English translations from French language sources:



The Canadian deflates (Le Journal de Montreal)

“One tears off some by the time which runs” (Le Journal de Montreal)

Koivu should be classified delinquent, according to Miller (Le Journal de Montreal)

Mike Komisarek pushes back the excuse of tiredness (Le Journal de Montreal)

The wish of Thibault exaucé (Le Journal de Montreal)

Throats in the place of Bubble (Le Journal de Montreal)

“It is always a little special to play in Montreal” (Le Journal de Montreal)

Komisarek: “It is unacceptable” (La Presse)

Higgins seeks explanations (La Presse)

Carbo: “Too many players seem satisfied” (La Presse)

Jocelyn Thibault bleaches the Canadian (CP)

Put bubble on side by Carbonneau (CP)

Ryan Miller wants some in Koivu (CP)

Photo gallery (CP)

Sweeping in the Bell Center (RDS.ca)

“Ca cannot continue like that” (RDS.ca)

Buffalo 3, Montreal 0

'"We did research on him and we were looking for a veteran guy that could be positive and support a guy that he knew was going to play a lot," Ruff said. "We felt we brought in a good guy and his work ethic and attitude has been tremendous. I was thrilled for him tonight."'

Thibault posts shutout as Sabres sweep home-and-home with 3-0 win over Habs

‘”I feel we’ve been playing the way we’ve played for the last two and a half years,” Roy said. “We kind of got away from that, but now we’re playing the same style as before. We keep rolling lines, everybody’s playing and it doesn’t matter who gets the goal or who gets the glory, all that matters is the win.”‘

Buffalo 3, Montreal 0

'"It's always fun to play here against the Habs," said Thibault. "I haven't played here in the last couple of years and I'll this hard work I've put in makes it really rewarding."'

Thibault Shuts Out Habs; Tallinder Injured

'Some possible bad news on the injury front as Henrik Tallinder left at the end of the second period and did not return with a shoulder injury. Lindy Ruff said after the game that they don't know how long it will be, but will be some time.'

Remember me?

'The Sabres' special teams played a role tonight, going 1-4 on the power play and killing off all three Montreal power plays. But the night belonged to Thibault, who was thrilled about his first shutout with the Sabres.'

10 things you should know about the Sabres-Canadiens game

'Jaroslav Spacek played one of his best games as a Sabre, banging bodies, blocking six shots and breaking up a three-on-one break in the Buffalo zone, and fishing a puck from between his legs and casting it into the far corner of the net to break a scoreless tie in the second period.'

Saturday’s Montreal Coverage (Part II)

Buffalo (9-10-1) at Montreal (12-7-3) (AP)

Canadiens seek revenge against Sabres (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (9-10-1) at Montreal Canadiens (12-7-3) (The Sports Network)

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres (Canadiens.com)


The following are rough English translations from French language sources:



The revenge of CH (RDS.ca)

Patience pays off for Ruff

‘“Everything is starting to kick in a little bit here,” Vanek said. “Obviously, it’s not what you want in that it’s six, seven weeks too late. Better late than never.”’

Max finally breaks out with results

‘The Sabres have had numerous problems this season, so by no means does their slow start fall solely atop his shoulders. But there’s also no denying that their decline since last season ran parallel with Afinogenov’s ineffectiveness.’

This time, Connolly finds nothing but net

‘“He’s coming,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “I didn’t know what to expect and I thought tonight he was better, even had a little more jump. We just hope he keeps getting better and better for us.”’

Connolly’s goal ends long drought

'So much for the Sabres wearing white during home games against divisional opponents in November. Buffalo wore its blue uniforms against Montreal on Friday since the team needed the whites for tonight’s road game, despite an earlier release from the team saying they’d wear white.'

Sabres blue-liner Numminen has his heart in the right place

'Numminen, who has had three surgeries to correct an irregular heartbeat, has skated three times during the past week.'