Sabres fall to Ducks

‘“Once they got the lead, they put a lot of bodies back,” Ruff said. “We didn’t win enough battles. We didn’t quite get there.”’

Connolly deal can&#8217t be dismissed

‘In Buffalo, his departure would be perceived as giving up on the postseason.’

Home is sweet for Marchant

‘“Anytime I get a chance to come back here and play against a team I grew up listening to on the radio is certainly special,” Marchant said. “You always get a little more geared up. It’s been a struggling season for me offensively but I knew it was bound to go in one of these times. What better place and what better time.”’

Error apparent in Sabres’ loss

‘The Sabres did just enough wrong to kill their chances of winning. They gave up a breakaway before the HSBC Arena crowd had settled into its seats. They missed open nets. They allowed a short-handed goal. Add them all up, and even a fully stacked squad would have trouble. When a team is missing starting goaltender Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek, say goodnight.’

Studless Defense

‘In that 12 years, for the most part, Buffalo has been a defense-first team. For all but the two years coming out of the lockout, Lindy Ruff has preached defense. And yet, for some reason, the Sabres have never had a stud lockdown 30-minute per game defenseman in that time.’

Wednesday’s Anaheim Coverage

Marchant goes home and has big night for Ducks (Orange County Register)

Photo gallery (Orange County Register)

Photo gallery (AnaheimDucks.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Giguere stops 34 shots in Ducks 3-2 win

‘Patrick Lalime didn’t have a strong debut in his first start since a 3-2 loss at Anaheim on Feb. 2. Lalime, who made 18 saves, dropped to 2-8-1 and hasn’t won since Dec. 13.’

Anaheim 3, Buffalo 2

‘”It’s a tough loss,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “We played well at times, but we didn’t take advantage of some situations.”‘

Ducks Hang On For 3-2 Win Over Sabres

‘The Sabres had a chance to take the lead for the first time about midway through the second period when Bobby Ryan went to the box for goaltender interference, however it was the Ducks who capitalized during the Buffalo power play. Marchant swooped in for a shorthanded chance and made the most of it, beating Lalime for his 3rd goal of the season to put Anaheim up 2-1.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates staring at empty net (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates situation in goal is looking bleak (Maine Hockey Journal)

Lalime ready for starring role

‘“I think you don’t want to make too big of a change. Maybe you don’t want to work as hard, or as long maybe on the ice, save a little more [energy] for the games,” he said. “You just want to feel good about yourself and your game.”’

With Miller out, Sabres turning to Lalime

‘“It’s a challenge … to be ‘the man,’” Lalime acknowledged.’

A hard lesson from a hockey great&#8217s death

‘I was in reading class in fourth grade just before dismissal when I heard other kids saying that someone had died. Then someone said, “Tim Horton,” and I felt a terrible chill.’

Sabres’ Ruff, Miller, Rivet reject critics

‘"I’m mad that we lost our starting goaltender. I’m a lot more mad at the situations in the Ottawa [games] we played here than anything that happened in this game. And I’ll leave it at that. You can write whatever you want."’

Sabres left with nowhere else to turn

‘Lalime has been OK lately. He played well in the loss at Anaheim, which plays at HSBC Arena tonight. But he has started and won exactly one game since Oct. 13. Hardly a cause for optimism.’