No mad dash for Miller

‘Was an extra attacker worth an unprotected net? Was advancing a valuable point on playoff-bubble team by winning in regulation worth seeing his team eliminated from the race altogether?’

What needs to happen?

‘The Buffalo Sabres win all three of their remaining games (@TOR, @MTL, @BOS).’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester rallies to defeat Binghamton in a shootout (Rochester D&C)

Odd penalty situation helps spark win (Rochester D&C)

Late goal, shootout loss could haunt B-Sens (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Amerks Win Again (RNews.com)

Amerks avoid season sweep in a shoot out win (Amerks.com)

Lose to Bruins, out of playoffs

‘"We need a little help, but we need to help ourselves," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. "The mindset is take care of business and see what happens."’

Sabres really have backs to wall

‘Even if they go 4-0 the rest of the way, their playoff hopes are virtually nil.’

Numminen hopes to play in final week

‘After skating in the team’s optional workout Saturday in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Numminen said it’s possible he could be ready to play as soon as Tuesday night’s game in Toronto. Numminen said he’s laid out no specific plans but when pressed if he was hoping to play Tuesday, he said, “I hope so.”’

Afinogenov is still not ready for prime time

‘How long will it take before the Sabres conclude that this is the year they finally unload the enigmatic winger? For the most part, he looks no better in Season Eight than he did in Game Eight of his NHL career, when fans envisioned the next Pavel Bure but instead found a player who was closer to Valeri Bure. At some point, enough is enough.’

String of decisions leaves faithful to wonder

‘“This year we started off a little bit slow and plus we lost Drury and Briere and everybody was sort of all just like, ‘Oh well, we stink again,’ ” said Jim Krell, a 32-year-old carpenter who said he’ll keep his season tickets. “They’re pretty inconsistent and it’s kind of like everything’s not an event. I mean last year every game was kind of like an event. It was almost like 41 Bills games. And this year it’s just sort of … it’s not like it was.”’

Losses add up for businesses, too

‘“The best way to put it is the last two years, this was an event. Nobody missed a game. People calling each other to find out where they’d be watching the game,” Szpilewski said. “Now, people are finding other things to do with their time. A lot of the people that were out last year aren’t showing up. They’re disappointed about the team.”’

Sunday’s Boston Coverage

Sabre thumbnails (Boston Globe)

Boston (40-28-10) at Buffalo (36-30-12) (AP)

Bruins hope to improve playoff position vs. Sabres (Sportsticker)

Boston Bruins (40-28-10) at Buffalo Sabres (36-30-12) (The Sports Network)

Bear Essentials On the Road: Buffalo (BostonBruins.com)

Pregame Notes: Boston vs. Buffalo (BostonBruins.com)

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Suddenly hot Amerks pull away in third period (Rochester D&C)

Griffins can’t get past Americans (Grand Rapids Press)

Amerks Win At Grand Rapids (RNews.com)

Rookies, Plante lead Amerks over Griffins (Amerks.com)

Lots of fans and shots, not enough goals (GriffinsHockey.com)

Sabres Hope History Repeats Despite Playoff Miss

‘But the Sabres are also at a disadvantage that can’t be shoved aside as a meaningless excuse. In order to stay in business and remain competitive down the road in one of the smallest NHL markets, they have to make some tough decisions based on the future rather than the present.’

Disturbing deja vu for Sabres

‘”We had them where we wanted and we let it slip again,” Pominville said.’

Sabres nearing elimination a year after winning regular-season title

‘The Sabres have been undone by management decisions that led to the team losing both co-captains, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, to free agency last summer. And Buffalo’s core took yet another major hit last month when the team was forced to trade Brian Campbell to San Jose after failing to negotiate a new contract with the two-time All-Star defenseman.’

How did Sabres crash & burn so quickly?

‘All one has to do is to look at the top, and that old proverb applies here…”A fish rots from the head.” The Sabres front office is the reason for the team crashing and burning in just one season. The three decayed heads of state obviously are GM Darcy Regier, Managing Partner Larry Quinn and owner Thomas B. Golisano. All three share equally in the sudden demise of a team that led the entire NHL just one season ago.’