Moore: Friends until puck drops

‘”(The Leafs) are playing with nothing to lose right now and they’ve been playing well with that mentality,” he said. “We’ve got to match that intensity.”‘

Moore’s rut no biggie

‘”I think he’s probably more into the role he’s supposed to be in — a third or fourth-line checking centre who is going to spend more time on the defensive side than be involved in the offence,” Wilson said of Moore, who has three points in nine games with Buffalo.’

Playoffs mean more to Moore

‘So Moore faces a tough decision: test his worth on a market that almost certainly will tighten its purse strings or consider an offer from Toronto and play close to home.’

Miller time returns against Leafs

‘”We have a great shot at a run. Hopefully, we gained some confidence with [the 5-3 win over Florida]. The boys did a great job dealing with the adversity, coming together as a team.”‘

Not by the numbers

‘”I think it is unfair to judge him by numbers,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said yesterday. “He has not had the power-play role that he had in Toronto. His five-on-five play, and his puck possession play, and his penalty killing have been very good for us. I have no complaints about the way he has played.”‘

Sabres hope to get boost from Miller’s return

‘"I’m a goalie. I go out and try to stop the puck," Miller said. "If I can help make a difference, I want to do it. But by no means a guarantee, by no means a savior."’

Sabres aren’t dead yet

‘“Now we’ve just got to show what kind of character we have here and keep rolling. We’ve got to be desperate every game. If we play like we did in the third, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”’

Miller will start for Sabres Friday against Maple Leafs

‘“It’s tough to get by without your starting goaltender,” he said Wednesday morning before the Sabres’ come-from-behind 5-3 triumph over Florida at HSBC Arena. “You can miss key forwards and you can miss a defenseman. But if you look at Ryan’s win-loss record (29-16-5), the team’s record when he’s been in there, I think that all speaks for itself."’

Miller ready to return

‘Miller said he still feels discomfort in the ankle and there is some lingering stiffness in certain positions while in net, but added that there weren’t “any real weaknesses associated with it.” “This is as good as it’s going to get,” he said.’

Sabres’ Miller itching to get back in net

‘"I want to get back in net," Miller said. "I want to play. This is about as good as we’re going to feel until hockey is over and done with for a while and I can rest. This is the point where you just go out and you play, you battle and get back with the teammates."’

Persson Re-Assigned to Pirates

‘The Buffalo Sabres have re-assigned defenseman Dennis Persson to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. Persson was previously assigned to Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League.’

Numminen’s heart still in the game

‘"Well, I don’t know if this will be my last season," Numminen said. "For the past five years, my thinking has been to play the season and see how I feel afterward. That’s how it was last summer. I considered my health and my mental health. I have to take a month off before I start planning for the next season. That’s how I’ve been going through the years — take a month, do nothing, rest my body and see how I feel."’

Passion’s back in play for Sabres

‘"All the fans coming to the game, they want to see something," Sabres right wing Maxim Afinogenov said. "The team put on a show today. We were down, and after we climbed back and win the game, that’s good. We won the game, and we got entertainment in there, too."’

Sabres’ big win not that big a deal

‘Once the euphoria wears off, they’ll understand that there is much work ahead, that the Sabres are now 2-5-1 in their last eight games, that they’re still five points out of the final postseason spot, that they’re quite capable of stumbling backward once again.’

Tellqvist defies critics after first win

‘”We’re going to need a couple big saves and he gave us some key saves at key moments,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “That’s all we asked. We needed some support for him and the guys gave it.”‘