Leafs’ success important to Sabres

‘There were plenty of pockets of empty seats on Friday, and if the Leafs get worse before they get better, it’ll be an even tougher sell. With the economy the way it is, a sound Leafs organization is crucial to the Sabres’ success.’

Don’t get too excited just yet Sabres fans

‘If they make the playoffs – and that’s a big if – I wonder how they will disappoint the fans this time.’

Shootout heroics give Buffalo hope

‘Buffalo played desperately, storming Price with a 16-shot barrage in the third, tying the game early in the period after the Canadiens had stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with three second-period goals in a span of less than eight minutes.’

Sabres’ iron man behind bench

‘There have been 129 coaching changes since Ruff assumed control of the Sabres – an average of more than four per team.’

Lindy Ruff is conscious of its chance

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‘“It is also necessary to have a double personality, kind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adds he. The players do not want to always see the same person. One day they are sermonized, the following day one makes them laugh. One cannot to either send the same very message them and present the vidéos during 82 matches. It is necessary to change the things, to surprise the players by preparing a light drive whereas they expect a punitive drive, or the reverse. It is always necessary to find new ways of collecting their attention.”

Sunday’s Montreal Coverage

Miller Slams Door in Shootout (Montreal Gazette)

Shootout heroics give Buffalo hope (Montreal Gazette)

Sabres’ iron man behind bench (Montreal Gazette)

The Numbers Game – March 28, 2009 (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Canadiens.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Nevertheless a point… (Le Journal de Montreal)

“It is disappointing” (Le Journal de Montreal)

Miller thanked her post… (Le Journal de Montreal)

Koivu: “Normal to be disappointed” (La Presse)

Tanguay: “One started to wait until the Sabres come towards us” (La Presse)

Canadian-sabres: analysis of the match (La Presse)

Photo gallery (La Presse)

The Sabres carry it 4-3 against the Canadian with the shootings of stopping (CP)

A good week despite everything (CP)

Lindy Ruff is conscious of its chance (CP)

The Sabres cling (RDS.ca)

Miller, Lydman lead Sabres past Habs in shootout

‘“We need the points more–we can’t get down,” Miller said. “If this were the last game of the season that would have been unfortunate, but there are seven games left.”’

Tony Lydman scores shootout winner as Sabres edge Canadiens 4-3

‘For the seventh time this season, struggling forward Maxim Afinogenov was scratched. Others not dressed for Buffalo were Teppo Numminen, Matt Ellis, Nathan Paetsch, Andrew Peters and Mikael Tellqvist.’

Buffalo 4, Montreal 3 (SO)

‘”I was a little bit disappointed in the second period,” Miller said. “I had to pull a bit tighter and be there for the boys. We stayed calm, and knew what had to be done, and I think the guys reacted well. Maybe we’re growing up, who knows.”‘

Sabres Still Alive!

‘MacArthur scored less than four minutes into the third period to tie the game. The goal is MacArthur’s fifteenth of the season, and his third in just over a week. That was the last goal scored in regulation. Neither team scored in overtime either, setting up a shootout between the two teams.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Murphy shows his worth to Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates make it two in a row to move into third place (Maine Hockey Journal)

Muy Bien! Murphy Hat Trick Helps Pirates To 5-2 Win (PortlandPirates.com)

The Colin Murphy Show (MonarchsHockey.com)

Saturday’s Montreal Coverage

Buffalo (36-30-8) at Montreal (38-27-9) (AP)

Critical contest for Sabres in Montreal (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (36-30-8) at Montreal Canadiens (38-27-9) (The Sports Network)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

To choke the threat (RDS.ca)

Miller sharp in return; Sabres take on Canadians tonight

‘“It was good to get charged up,” Miller said. “Everything that I build my life around here, it felt a lot more normal than sitting there watching sitcoms and DVDs and going nuts. I was happy to have good energy and step in and help.”’

Sabres withstand Leafs’ rally

‘Toronto scored three straight goals and got the building rocking again. The Leafs’ fans, who started chanting early but were silenced by the scoreboard, worked their voices full tilt as Boyd Devereaux, Matt Stajan and Nikolai Kulemin put the Sabres on edge.’

Gaustad gets rewarded for efforts

‘”He’s really tried to shape himself as a leader,” Miller said of Gaustad. “He really feels like he can contribute on both parts of the ice. Him stepping up and going up to the net is big for us. Him stepping up, setting a physical tone shows other guys they have to go both ways.”‘