Sabres can’t bust the Caps

‘ went to last night’s game. I left after the second period ended. With the Sabres of 2005-06 and 2006-07, I would have stayed because they could have pulled it out. But this team is different. They seem to be content with losing when they are down 3-0.’

Locker room revised

‘Following Buffalo’s dismal 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, Ruff revamped the dressing room moving the majority of players’ stalls. “We put some different voices next to different guys,” Ruff said.’

Another atrocious loss for Sabres

‘When fourth-line journeyman Matt Ellis, not Jochen Hecht, Derek Roy or any of the Sabres’ other high-profile players, became the team’s best forward early in an atrocious 4-2 loss Tuesday to the scorching Washington Capitals, the game was over.’

Sabres lifeless in loss

‘There was a commercial timeout with about two minutes left in the second period, and the 18,690 fans in HSBC Arena were restless. They were giving mock cheers to Ryan Miller for making routine saves, and they were booing the Sabres for being in a 3-0 hole.’

Top centers told to improve or sit

‘“We’ll take them out of the lineup. Some of them will come out. That’s not an idle threat, either. If you don’t want to compete, if Matt Ellis wants to compete harder and Adam Mair wants to compete harder, then we’ll play the guys that want to compete harder. Then they can make a decision if they want to compete hard. That’s the only fair thing to do.”’

Lackadaisical play continues to dog Buffalo Sabres

‘”I thought our defense played well, but the effort by our forwards — you can take a couple guys out of there like (Adam) Mair, (Paul) Gaustad, (Matt) Ellis — but if Jochen Hecht isn’t our best player and Derek Roy isn’t our best player, we don’t have a chance of winning. It’s disappointing, frustrating, upsetting, and we’re not going to hide from it.”‘

Sabres out of tricks, and it’s early

‘Buffalo got outworked, and simply looked outclassed. And it wasn’t just Alexander Ovechkin who looked head and shoulders above the Sabres.’

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Theodore Slams the Door (Washington Post)

‘Exorcising some demons’ (Washington Times)

Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Backstrom and Theodore lift Capitals to 4-2 win

‘“At this stage of the season, where we’re sitting, we need good things to happen,” Miller said. “We have to get into games early, and start learning and adapting, myself included.”’

Washington 4, Buffalo 2

‘Adam Mair and Clarke MacArthur each scored a goal while Ryan Miller gave up three goals on 30 shots for the Sabres, who have dropped four of their last five.’

Caps Shut Down Sabres 4-2

‘Adam Mair finally got Buffalo on the board 7:41 into the third when Adam Mair beat Theodore for his fifth goal of the season. Both teams traded goals inside the game’s final minute. Washington struck first thanks to a Boyd Gordon empty-netter, and Clarke Macarthur followed that up by scoring with only 11 seconds remaining to make it a 4-2 final.’

Ruff holds forwards accountable

‘“That’s not an idle threat either,” Ruff said in his post-game press conference. “We will take them out of the lineup. Some of them will come out.”‘

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Player Bobbleheads Are Back! (PortlandPirates.com)

Pominville hoping he&#8217s licked his slump

‘“I think once you get out there and get on a roll your confidence just builds,” said Pominville, who had 34 goals and 68 points in 2006-07. “You think you’re capable of doing so many things out there. You try to build off that.”’

Sabres fans look forward to the new year

‘Just what you’ve always wanted: A Top Ten list just in time for 2009. As part of my personal new year’s resolutions, I present this list of the top ten things Sabres fans get to look forward to in the new year. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to go channel the spirit of David Letterman.’