Slipping out of reach

‘It was the sixth time this season the Sabres had a two-goal lead and lost.’

Afinogenov finds home away from home

‘Buffalo Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov scored in Thursday’s shootout win at Ottawa but it was just his 10th of an injury plagued season. Afinogenov is on his way to his lowest goal total in the last five years — and his most bizarre stat is that just two of his goals are in HSBC Arena.’

Frail Sabres lacking backbone in close games

‘Somehow, I doubt there will be a stampede of giddy Buffalo fans on Washington Street this morning, surging toward the plaza outside HSBC Arena to celebrate their team’s good fortune. If the Sabres are this country’s model sports team, I’d hate to see what our NHL team looks like when management really manages to mess things up.’

Paetsch should have been the hero of this one

‘“I have no idea how it got out there,” Paetsch said. “I didn’t see where it went, no idea. We had played a great game until the last three minutes. We dominated play. We kept their chances to a minimum. Maybe it’s a case of just clenching your sticks too tight, not wanting to make that huge mistake and making the wrong play because you’re worried about doing something else.”’

Saturday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens pull one out of the fire (Montreal Gazette)

Canadiens back on top in the East (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Six minutes were enough! (Le Journal de Montreal)

“One made a flight” – Carbonneau (Le Journal de Montreal)

Komisarek wounded with a hip (Le Journal de Montreal)

Three goals fallen from the sky (La Presse)

A not deserved victory (La Presse)

Price joined to a club very sélect (La Presse)

Komisarek suffers from a wound to a hip (La Presse)

The Canadian steals the victory to the Sabres (CP)

A flight with Buffalo (RDS.ca)

Steve Bernier is in a lethargy (RDS.ca)

Higgins&#8217 OT goal cap Canadiens&#8217 rally in 4-3 win over Buffalo

‘The Sabres, meanwhile, continue to show little resemblance of a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy a year ago. Depleted of its leaders, after losing co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to free agency in July, the Sabres are unraveling down the stretch.’

Higgins scores overtime-winner as Canadiens stun Sabres with 4-3 victory

‘If only the Sabres had played a full 60 minutes.’

Montreal 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

‘"We played smart throughout the whole game and then unfortunately we took a penalty," Sabres forward Paille said. "We know they have a great power play and obviously they capitalized on that so that once they made it a one goal lead we should have been able to hold them off but breaks, they got a rebound goal and its tough for Miller to stop that."’

Another Collapse: Sabres Blow Third Period Lead, Habs Win 4-3 In OT

‘Tomas Plekanec was the central figure behind the Habs’ comeback wtih two goals in the final 2:31 to tie the score at 3-3, the last of which came with only 15 seconds remaining.’

Move along

‘“We have to move forward,” defenseman Mike Weber said. “This game is over and we have to go into practice tomorrow, get our heads straight and get ready for Sunday [against the Bruins].”’

Sabres nominated as 2007 Team of Year

‘The Buffalo Sabres were named today as one of five nominees in the category of “Professional Sports Team of the Year” in the inaugural Sports Business Awards presented by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. The awards recognize excellence and achievement in the business of sport for the calendar year 2007.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Whitmore misses shot at being a hero (Rochester D&C)

Amerks sale won’t ensure lease (Rochester D&C)

Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)

Streak comes to end (Winnipeg Sun)

Heshka makes most of less ice time (Winnipeg Sun)

Moose streaks reach end of trail (Winnipeg Free Press)

A Win on Their Last Try (RNews.com)

No Chance of Sabres/Amerks Contract This Year (RNews.com)

Historic 4,000th game gives Amerks win in OT (Amerks.com)

Americans end Moose streak in a shootout (MooseHockey.com)

No Chance of Sabres/Amerks Contract This Year

‘”Unfortunately for the last three years we’ve been forced into a situation where we had to share a team with Florida. And despite a lot of commentary in Rochester, the reason for that is because the Rochester team has put himself in a position where they couldn’t afford a full affiliation. So, we’ve been forced into this situation. It’s not something that we’ve liked,” Quinn answered.’

Friday’s Montreal Coverage

Montreal (43-24-10) at Buffalo (36-30-11) (AP)

Canadiens closing in on division title (Sportsticker)

Montreal Canadiens (43-24-10) at Buffalo Sabres (36-30-11) (The Sports Network)

Breaking the Draw (HabsWorld.net)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

“It is not the objective which I had at the head” – Jason Pominville (Le Journal de Montreal)

Buffalo: with the image of Expos (Le Journal de Montreal)

“the Sabres count on Pominville” – Daniel Brière (Le Journal de Montreal)

The Canadian could carry a fatal blow to the Sabres (CP)

Two different objectives (RDS.ca)

Keeping hope alive

‘“Whether we can pull it together this year or not, when you look around, the core of the guys getting experience here are 22, 23 years old,” Miller said. “It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. We’ve got a lot of potential here.”’