Archives for December 2007

Bounced in New Jersey

‘Miller was sensational in making 34 saves in regulation and overtime. He kept Buffalo alive in a first period that saw the Devils dominate with a 13-2 edge in shots. Meanwhile, Brodeur made 26 saves.’

The Ice Bowl: Just another excuse to party

‘“People want to be outside” during the New Year’s Day game, said Nick Giammusso of VIP Seats, an Amherst ticket brokerage. “They want to experience the outdoors. They want to be outside drinking beer and cooking on their grills.”’

Outdoor rink a Classic pain

'"The puck's a lot harder, your pads don't absorb it as much when they're stiffer," said Stewart. "The big concern is the goalie's glove. Is the puck going to hurt when they catch it? Pucks are going to hurt when you get hit in the foot more. It's going to sting more. It is a concern."'

Saturday’s New Jersey Coverage

Devils send Sabres to boarding school (New York Post)

Devils vintage in victory (Newark Star Ledger)

Mottau is a surprise gift this season (Newark Star Ledger)

Devils rally again (Bergen Record)

Devils notebook (Bergen Record)

Devils 2, Sabres 1 (F/SO) (

Photo gallery (

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Frightful forecast for Winter Classic

'"The wind. I don't know how you prepare for it, but it's something that you kind of maybe expect," Penguins forward Adam Hall said. "Some periods the wind would be behind you and you'd feel like you were flying. The next period you're changing ends and you're skating right into it, feels like you're in quicksand."'

New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1, SO

'"When you have a lead with that amount of time left, it's a point but it's not a good one," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had hoped to lock it down, and we didn't."'

On Frozen Pond

'"There will be 70,000 people who are going to enjoy watching a hockey game outside and most of them are going to be able to see the puck, which is great," said John Shannon, the NHL's senior vice president for broadcasting. "If you can combine actually watching a game with creating an event, I think we've got the best of both worlds."'

New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)

'After Martin Brodeur used a poke check to stop Ales Kotalik for the first attempt, Parise skated in on Ryan Miller and snapped a shot over the goaltenders right pad. Brodeur then made a right pad save on a Tim Connolly backhander and used the glove to stop Thomas Vanek to hang on for the win.'

Devils Win Defensive Battle With 2-1 Shootout Win

'Buffalo only put two shots on Martin Brodeur in the first period, but took a 1-0 lead early in the second as Ales Kotalik ripped a shot off the post from outside the left face off circle.'

MacArthur Called Up

'With Drew Stafford out with a concussion the Sabres have called forward Clarke MacArthur up from Rochester.'

MacArthur recalled from Rochester

'MacArthur was effective in his first stint with the club this season, registering three goals – including an overtime game winner against Boston on Nov. 7 – and four points in 10 games.'

Point taken

'Ales Kotalik, Tim Connolly and Thomas Vanek all failed to convert on their shootout attempts while Parise scored on New Jersey's first attempt. Miller foiled Brian Gionta on the Devils' second attempt and the third attempt wasn't needed after Brodeur stopped Vanek's shot that was aimed to the upper-right corner that appeared to be open.'

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks win to stop losing streak at 10 (Rochester D&C)

Bad luck doesn’t stop Amerks’ victory (Rochester D&C)

Dogs lose ‘easy’ one (Hamilton Spectator)

Amerks End Losing Streak (

Amerks end skid, beat Bulldogs 4-1 (

Buffalo recalls MacArthur; Lojek heads to Florida (

Amerks’ dinner to benefit Cystic Fibrosis on Feb. 12th (

‘Dogs downed by Amerks (

On-site Weather Station Keeps Winter Classic Informed

'“It’s actually, technically quite a challenge because we’re not trained to monitor weather in structures. Nobody is ever asked to monitor weather in these kinds of conditions. We’re usually in natural environments and big open areas. It was technically quite a challenge to find something that we would consider to be representative for the stadium because the wind is going in all different directions and all different speeds.”'

HSBC Ice Crew Doing Double Duty for Winter Classic

‘During the game the HSBC crew will be operating as if it were a normal Sabres game at their own arena, including all the ice cuts.’