Tallinder, Max start road to redemption

‘Lindy Ruff had a talk with Tallinder, and the coach said he wants more competitiveness from the defenseman. Tallinder was benched following a ghastly giveaway last week against the Bruins. As part of the talk, he learned he shouldn’t worry about another one giving him a one-way ticket to the showers. Playing in fear of mistakes is no way to play, so Tallinder won’t.’

Sabres’ Afinogenov hasn’t been sharp

‘There no doubt is a place for Maxim Afinogenov in the NHL, and maybe it’s with the Sabres, the team with which he made his NHL debut in 1999. He is fast. He can be mesmerizing with the puck. At his best, he is among the game’s most thrilling, entertaining attackers, fast on his skates and devilishly clever with his stick. But when he’s not producing (sound familiar, Sergei Samsonov fans?), he can be the focal point of the club’s frustration.’

Thursday’s Boston Coverage

Bruins lose their edge vs. Sabres (Boston Globe)

Sabres’ Afinogenov hasn’t been sharp (Boston Globe)

Bump on road slows Bruins (Boston Herald)

Matt Hunwick on an ice roll (Boston Herald)

Photo gallery (BostonBruins.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Roy scores twice, Buffalo beats Boston

‘“It was a just a matter of getting the bounces,” Roy said. “We were desperate for a win, and when you’re desperate guys are making plays, blocking shots, and not being too fancy. Everyone was on the same page, and played hard.”’

Buffalo 3, Boston 2

‘”They needed a win, they came out hard on us,” said Kessel. “It’s a tough loss, we have to bounce back next game.”‘

Sabres Snap Skid, Beat Boston 3-2

‘In the second period it seemed as though the Bruins were poised for a comeback. Matt Hunwick found the back of the net 4:31 in to the second period, cutting the Sabres lead to one. Immediately following the tally, Buffalo winger Patrick Kaleta took a boarding penalty giving Boston the man advantage. Jochen Hecht took the momentum from the Bruins grasp beating goaltender Tim Thomas shorthanded just seconds in to the Kaleta penalty.’

HSBC Arena hosts Portland Pirates

‘Individual tickets for the game will go on sale this Friday starting at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $15-25, with groups of 15 or more receiving $5 off the box office price.’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates just can’t catch up to Sharks (Portland Press Herald)

Sharks coach wins a clip job (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Little Vesce has big plans (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Pirates effort doesn’t pay off (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Drop 4-3 Decision Against Sharks (PortlandPirates.com)

High fives all around (SharksAHL.com)

Afinogenov Angry and Speaks Out

‘When asked by a reporter if he would like to play elsewhere, Afinogenov answered quickly, "No comment".’

Sinking Sabres ready for rough stretch

‘“You can’t let the frustration get to you,” Ruff said. “You’ve got to stay with it and grind even harder.”’

Savard and Bruins riding hot streak

‘The Bruins are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, including two wins over the Sabres in TD Banknorth Garden, and have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 defeat Oct. 30 in Calgary. They have 32 points, tied with the New York Rangers atop the East, and hit town on a four-game winning streak.’

Once a student, Bruins’ Wideman now a mentor

‘The Bruins’ increasingly important defenseman, however, does admit he remains especially motivated when he faces the Buffalo Sabres, who never tried to keep him after drafting him in 2002. “Yeah, a little bit,” Wideman said on the eve of Wednesday’s game at HSBC Arena, the fourth of six Boston-Buffalo clashes this season. “I was a lot different then than I am now, but it’s still fun to play against them. I know a lot of guys from going to their training camps, so it’s still fun for me to go up against Buffalo.”’

Wednesday’s Boston Coverage

Sabres thumbnails (Boston Globe)

Scouting report (Boston Herald)

Once a student, Bruins’ Wideman now a mentor (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Bruins must be ready for Sabres’ best (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Boston (14-3-4) at Buffalo (9-8-3) (AP)

Red-hot Bruins visit slumping Sabres (Sportsticker)

Boston Bruins (14-3-4) at Buffalo Sabres (9-8-3) (The Sports Network)

Game Day: Bruins @ Sabres (BostonBruins.com)

Big bucks not paying off in Buffalo

‘They’ve paid all the bills, and they’ve given some key personnel hefty raises, but at the one-quarter mark of 2008-2009, it’s not paying dividends for the Buffalo Sabres.’

Swapping spots: Bruins at Sabres

‘Since beating the Bruins on Oct. 21 to improve to 5-1 on the young season, Buffalo has won just four of 14 contests, dropping two decisions to Northeast Division-leading Boston in the process. Now, on one the area’s more-celebrated party nights, the Sabres will look to toast Boston and turn around a six-game slide.’