Sabres fall short in Montreal, lose 3-2

‘Montreal won 3-2 and scored all three goals in the second period. The deciding goal by Andrei Markow was the worst of them all. The Sabres played that 4-on-4 like they were short-handed. They sat back and let Montreal dominate play in the Sabres’ defensive zone. That was ultimately the deciding mistake in this game. If it wasn’t for that, this game probably would have gone into overtime and the Sabres would have earned at least one point for their efforts. Instead, the Sabres lost again in Montreal.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ slide continues as Devils cruise to victory (Portland Press Herald)

Streaking Devils win 5th in a row (Lowell Sun)

It’s a streak of a different sort (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Lose to Devils, 5-1 (PortlandPirates.com)

Devils Win Fifth Straight, Sink Pirates, 5-1 (LowellDevilsHockey.com)

Difficult beginning of the season for Lalime

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‘“It is that, the role of a substitute. “It is necessary to prepare consequently and make the job. We like all to play hockey, but the team should be helped to gain when one asks us to play”, Lalime concluded.’

Sunday’s Montreal Coverage

Markov’s winner dulls Sabres (Montreal Gazette)

A chance to get back in the chase (Montreal Gazette)

Andrei answers the bell (Canadiens.com)

Fly on the Wall – Nov. 29, 2008 (Canadiens.com)

The Numbers Game – Nov. 29, 2008 (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

The Canadian answers the call (Le Journal de Montreal)

Carbo sermonizes and alters its trios (Le Journal de Montreal)

Guy Carbonneau and Richard Martel: even combat (Le Journal de Montreal)

This time, the coach was content (Le Journal de Montreal)

“That one, one did not want to escape it” – Steve Bégin (Le Journal de Montreal)

Difficult beginning of the season for Lalime (Le Journal de Montreal)

Markov: “One can play better than that” (La Presse)

Photo gallery (La Presse)

The Canadian beats the Sabres 3-2 (CP)

Andrei Kostitsyn disputed one of his best matches (CP)

Carbo launches a message to its players (CP)

The smooth face (Radio Canada)

Brainstorm (Radio Canada)

Happy return to Montreal (RDS.ca)

The contribution of Steve Bégin (RDS.ca)

Increasingly demanding according to Ruff

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‘Lindy Ruff is at its eleventh season behind the bench of the Sabres of Buffalo, if one excludes the year from the lockout. It is about a record of longevity to the head of the same team among the current trainers.’

Rivet savors his return to Montreal

‘“It’s exciting for sure, really exciting,” Rivet said before the game. “It’s my first time back in almost two years. When we got off the plane [Friday night] and drove to the hotel, a big smile came to my face because I had a lot of good memories in Montreal.”’

Habs put end to Sabres’ streak

‘"This is about as tough as a stretch it’s going to get for us," said winger Drew Stafford. "Three games, four nights against the top teams in the league. I thought we definitely deserved to win this game but a couple breakdowns cost us. We did take four points out of this stretch. That’s definitely positive so we’ll try to ride with that."’

Habs score 3 in second period to beat Sabres

‘“We had the lead twice and let them come back, and when you let a team as good as Montreal come back in it, chances are you’re going to lose,” Vanek said.’

Markov goal caps three-goal second period in Habs 3-2 win over Sabres

‘“It was a great play by (Jaroslav) Spacek to keep the puck in,” said Vanek. “I was going to go off, but when I saw that, I stayed in front and the puck came to me. I knew that if I just turned and shot, Price was pretty solid and I had to put him off because I was in so tight, so I put it between my legs and shot it and it worked out.”’

Habs Overcome Vanek’s Two, Score 3-2 Win

‘The story for the Sabres offense is a familiar one. It starts and ends with Thomas Vanek, who beat goaltender Carey Price twice for his fourth multi-goal game in this young season. The two-goal effort gives Vanek 17 on the season.’

Montreal 3, Buffalo 2

‘Thomas Vanek continued his hot start to the season with two goals for Buffalo, which had won two in a row. Patrick Lalime, in his sixth start of the season, stopped 31-of-34 shots against in the loss.’

Sabres CHL 2008-09 Prospects Update

‘The Sabres have five forwards and five defensemen playing in the CHL, including several high profile prospects. Multiple first and second round picks are playing key roles for their clubs, including forwards Tyler Ennis, Luke Adam and defenseman T.J. Brennan.’

Saturday’s Montreal Coverage

Buffalo (11-8-3) at Montreal (12-6-4) (AP)

Sabres look to extend win streak against Canadiens (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (11-8-3) at Montreal Canadiens (12-6-4) (The Sports Network)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

The Sabres of Buffalo are brought to Montreal (La Presse)

Sabres vs Canadian: some pewters of before-match (La Presse)

The opportunity to recover (RDS.ca)

Sabres get cooking

‘”It’s great scoring goals, but it’s great to get a win, especially against Pittsburgh,” Gaustad said. “We played great. We battled for 60 minutes. It was a teeter-totter: We had the lead, they had the lead, and we came back and finished them off. I think it’s real satisfying for the guys.”‘

Fans give Andreychuk an ovation

‘"That was somewhat unexpected to be honest with you," a beaming Andreychuk said as he spoke to the media between periods. "I went on to bigger and better things from here [including a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004] and I always felt I cheated the fans for some reason. After winning, you realize what it does for the community. It’s just too bad really I couldn’t be a part of it here."’