Archives for September 2008

Sunday’s Toronto Coverage

Anger management (Toronto Sun)

Wilson: Pogge ‘not ready to play in the NHL’ (Toronto Sun)

Pogge perfect . . . for 57 minutes (Toronto Star)

Photo gallery (

Kotalik&#8217s OT goal lifts Sabres past Maple Leafs

‘Kotalik scored the winner when he chased down a loose puck in the left corner. Holding onto the puck, he worked his way back to the point and blasted a shot that cleanly beat rookie goalie Justin Pogge in a game that was scoreless after 40 minutes.’

Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

‘Derek Roy had a goal and an assist while Maxim Afinogenov assisted on all three tallies for the Sabres, who improved to 1-2 in preseason play. Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots in the victory.’

Sabres Storm Back Late; Beat Leafs 3-2 In OT

‘A hooking penalty to Boyd Devereaux put Buffalo on the man advantage and Derek Roy capitalized, finding the back of the net to cut the deficit to one. A few minutes later, another Toronto penalty, another Buffalo goal. With Leafs center John Mitchell watching from the box, Paul Gaustad tied the game 2-2 with only five seconds remaining in regluation time. It didn’t take the Sabres long to end it in the extra frame. Ales Kotalik ripped the game-winner past Pogge just 1:03 in.’

Rivet’s debut earns high marks

‘“The fans are loud, there is no doubt about that,” Rivet said. “We gave them a little bit of a heart attack, but it’s a nice way to win. The guys never quit.”’

Buffalo Sabres 2008-09 team preview

‘However, barring a trade for another puck-moving defenseman, the Sabres might have trouble keeping pace with the Canadiens and Bruins in the Northeast.’

Slow, steady rise for Sabres’ Miller

‘For someone who became a goalie in California, the Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller has come a long way to become one of the NHL’s premier netminders.’

A sweater sets Kennedy&#8217s heart racing

‘“I don’t know if I can describe it,” Kennedy said. “The first period my skates were tied so tight I couldn’t feel my feet. It was pretty fun, though, to put on the jersey I’ve been watching for the past 20 years or so. It was awesome.”’

Greece’s Whitmore seeks to impress Buffalo Sabres

‘”My first NHL camp has definitely been a good experience,” the 5-foot-11, 185-pound left winger said. “The veteran guys seem to take all the younger guys under their wing. They show you the ropes, they show you how to carry yourself as a Buffalo Sabre.”‘

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Prospect Profile: Marek Zagrapan (

Individual Game Tickets On Sale Today! (

Workouts help Sabres’ Paille step up

‘The Buffalo Sabres left winger is noticeably bigger this training camp. The chest puffs out further. The shoulders bulge a little more. It’s from Paille’s dedication to an offseason training program.’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Prospect Profile: Derek Whitmore (

Petrovek Honored by Portland Regional Chamber (

Dineen ready for his new crew in Portland

‘“Everywhere I went there were guys wearing Sabres jerseys… in early September!” the head coach of the Portland Pirates said. “With football season underway and the Buffalo Bills off to a good start, that really says something about the hockey culture here. People talk highly of it and you can see why.”’

With deep roster, Sabres have some intriguing choices

‘Clarke MacArthur stands at the first crossroads of his short career.’

Shuffling back from Buffalo

”"They want to see progress, that’s the main thing," Schiestel said Tuesday afternoon before taking to the ice for practice at Jack Gatecliff Arena. "If they see you improving every time, that’s all they can ask for."’