Sabres’ slim playoff hopes allow Ruff to reflect on squandered opportunities

‘The Sabres are 13-18 in games decided by one goal, including nine shootout losses, and they’ve lost 14 games (32-6-8) in which they were ahead or tied entering the third period. That’s adding up, leaving Buffalo one loss from being eliminated.’

Sabres stay alive … barely

‘Make no mistake; the Sabres are still playoff long shots. They need to win their three remaining games and get a lot of help to make it.’

Are Sabres eMax&#8217ed out on Afinogenov?

‘The dip in Afinogenov’s production has been stunning. Once one of the league’s most explosive talents, he has just 10 goals, 27 points and an awful minus-14 rating in 53 games this year. He scored 55 goals, 134 points and sported a nifty plus-25 rating in 133 games during the previous two seasons.’

Olean boys, Bona field and Sabres

‘It’s not that I dislike the Sabres – to the contrary – but this is a team lacking character, leadership and talent and doesn’t deserve to be in the post-season.’

Sabres need to find their voice for final, desperate playoff push

‘Clearly, the Sabres’ strengths do not include scoring more goals than the other team on any given night. So to make the case that Buffalo deserves a spot in the playoffs, management needs to be proactive, set the agenda and, above all, slag the other guys.’

Staying alive, part one

‘The Sabres finished with 30 shots, though the number of scoring chances probably could be counted on one hand. The Bruins took just 18 shots, scoring on their first one.’

Giving false hope seems about right

‘Who would have imagined that, one year after winning the Presidents’ Trophy, the Sabres would be jumping with joy because they still had an outside chance to finish eighth?’

Rookies keep march to playoffs alive

‘“We’re not expected to play like rookies,” Weber said. “We’re expected to play like the good hockey players we can be. Hockey is a game of confidence and if you’re playing well, you know you’re going to go out there shift in and shift out and make smart plays. The coaching staff has put a lot of trust in us and we can’t let them down at this point.”’

Sunday showed opportunity was ripe for Sabres

‘Even with Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win, though, the Sabres finished the home slate with 21 losses in 41 games.’

Enough Max, fans say; Ruff listens

‘For the contest, the eighth-year forward got just 7:36 worth of ice time, less than every Sabres aside from Patrick Kaleta.’

Sabres find life with Sekera

‘”There’s three teams at 91 points and if we win our three, then we’ve got a shot,” said relieved Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff. “But,” added Sabres’ centre Derek Roy, “we’re going to need some help.”‘

Monday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres a little sharper (Boston Globe)

Not an easy skate through possibilities (Boston Globe)

Patience pays off as Hoggan gets the call (Boston Globe)

Point suits Bruins fine (Boston Herald)

Hope turns into reality for Hoggan (Boston Herald)

Boston Bruins @ Buffalo Sabres (BostonBruins.com)

Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Buffalo 2, Boston 1 (OT)

‘“It’s an awesome feeling, it’s unbelievable, I can’t describe it,” Sekera said. “But the most important point is we get the two points. We’re not dead yet.”’

Buffalo 2, Boston 1 (OT)

‘”Our fans have been behind us all year,” said Buffalo forward Jason Pominville. “We’re going to need them from here on out. We wanted to be sure we came out strong and got a win. Our backs are against the wall. Overall we played well. It was definitely fun and rewarding to get that win at home.”‘

Sabres Stay Alive with 2-1 OT Win

‘The Sabres must get another two points in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.’