Archives for October 2008

Lightning gives Sabres a jolt

‘When it was over, the Sabres trudged to the dressing room with their first losing streak of the season. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, showed what all the offseason fuss was about.’

Injury list continues to shrink

‘"It’s good to see we’re slowly getting healthy and getting some bodies back," coach Lindy Ruff said in HSBC Arena.’

Friday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Bolts Shuffle Off To Solid Win (Tampa Tribune)

Stamkos Shines In Bolts’ Victory (Tampa Tribune)

Stamkos’ first NHL goals power Bolts (St. Petersburg Times)

Next road trip important, GM says (St. Petersburg Times)

Lightning Run Road Win Streak to Two (

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10 things you should know about the Sabres-Lightning game

‘The Lightning bolted out of the lockerroom, threatening literally in the game’s opening seconds and outshooting the Sabres 5-0 in the first five minutes, and that’s all you really need to know.’

Stamkos Scores First Career Goals; Lightning Beat Sabres 5-2

‘The Sabres have now dropped two straight games in regulation time, falling to 6-2-2 on the season.’

Keep it simple

‘“We’ve got to get back to simplifying things, especially at home,” Pominville said. “It seems like when we get home we try to make that extra play, try to make it a little too cute and it ends up costing us. We can’t do that against a team like [Tampa Bay] that has players such as Lecavalier, St. Louis and Prospal, who can make things happen out there.”’

Boyhood dreams take shape

‘"The key for him is he went to camp and got a shot, and he did well," said Portland left wing Mathieu Darche. "He played on special teams and did well. He got some confidence. He came here and got some points in the first few games, and he got more confidence. That’s a state of mind a hockey player wants. He’s playing with confidence right now, and he’s not afraid to make plays."’

Stamkos scores 1st 2 NHL goals in Tampa Bay win

‘Clarke MacArthur and Thomas Vanek scored for the slumping Sabres, who have dropped three straight, including one in a shootout. Buffalo began the season with eight consecutive games without a regulation loss.’

Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo 2

‘”I think we’re lucky they only got five,” Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff said. “You might not like some of the goals, but there wasn’t a lot to like about anybody on the team — forwards, defense, goaltender, it was a tough effort.’

eNew&#8217 Numminen taking on larger role for Sabres

‘“Now the questions are, ‘How come (Numminen’s) playing so well?’” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.’

Mair&#8217s scrap with Ottawa&#8217s Neil not surprising

‘Like a few Sabres and Senators, Mair and Neil have scrapped several times. They even battled in juniors. In 2001, when Mair played for Los Angeles, he came off the bench during a brawl in Ottawa and fought Neil. That earned Mair an automatic 10-game suspension.’

Rivet, Tallinder return to the ice

‘“It’s going to be slow but each day has been getting better and better,” Rivet said. “I’m feeling pretty good. Just with the skate today, it wasn’t real hard, but a real solid first day and I’ll be looking to improve on that tomorrow.”’

Sabres talk about cutting their losses

‘“We learned a lot last year,” left wing Thomas Vanek said Wednesday. “My first two years here I think we got spoiled, winning a lot of hockey games. When we lost one, we usually came back and bounced back pretty soon. Last year, we would lose five, six, seven in a row, then all of a sudden guys would show their urgency.”‘

Gaustad is ready for season debut

‘“I’m ready to be back,” he said in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but right now I feel really comfortable coming back on the ice.”’

Sabres goalie will light holiday tree on Nov. 23

‘Following the tree lighting, Miller also will preside over an exclusive “meet and greet” in Shea’s Performing Arts Center’s Smith Theater to benefit his “Saves for Cancer” campaign and “Carly’s Club.”’