Archives for November 2009

Varlamov blanks Sabres 2-0, Ovechkin ejected

‘“As a team, we’re having a tough time finding the back of the net,” said Buffalo’s Jason Pominville. “That’s when you have to dig deeper and get those ugly goals and just outwork them around the crease. I just don’t think we’re doing a good enough job at it so far.”’

Washington 2, Buffalo 0

‘”We didn’t get a lot of bounces with the puck,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “There were times we did a lot of good things, but didn’t get rewarded for it.”‘

Sabres Blanked By Caps 2-0, Drop 4th Straight

‘Ryan Miller made 22 saves in the losing effort. Buffalo has now lost four consecutive games, and it doesn’t get any easier. Next up is an afternoon battle in Philadelphia with the Flyers on Friday. The loss drops the Sabres record to 12-7-2 on the season.’

Sabres anxious to get Grier back in lineup

‘"(Grier’s) one of the better two-way players in the league," Ruff said Tuesday morning after the Sabres prepared for the Capitals at HSBC Arena. "I think these tight games earlier in the year that we were winning, the tight games now we lost. He’s been around the room," the coach said. "But there’s nothing like having the jersey on and playing."’

Sabres bring their dads along for the ride

‘The Sabres have revived their long-lost ritual of “Bring Your Father to Work Day,” and 16 dads boarded the team charter Tuesday for trips to Washington and Philadelphia.’

Grier brings calming touch back to lineup

‘”He’s been around the room, but there’s nothing like having the jersey on and playing. We’ve been able to do a good job on the penalty-killing front without him, but the intangibles are there.”‘

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Buffalo (12-6-2) at Washington (13-5-6) (AP)

Slumping Sabres visit banged-up Capitals (

Caps Host Sabres on Thanksgiving Eve (

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

For Pirates’ goalie, hockey’s a family affair (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Weekly, November 24, 2009 (

Pirates Release Benson (

Scores are scarce for slumping Sabres

‘We’re essentially at the quarter pole of the season and no Sabre is on a 30-goal pace. Thomas Vanek leads the team with only seven and there are slumps all over the place.’

Grier nearing return

‘“I think it really depends on how it feels tomorrow,” Ruff said. “The fact that he made it through the whole practice was good. We just have to see where he’s at when it comes to fitness and how much he can tolerate.”’

Sabres 2009-10 junior prospects update

‘None of the Sabres junior prospects currently have signed contracts, but Nick Crawford, Luke Adam, Lagace and Jordon Southorn will all need to be signed prior to June of next year should Buffalo wish to keep them in the organization. Furthermore, Maxime Legault, drafted as a 20-year-old, is playing in his final over-age season in the QMJHL this year.’

Former Sabre LaFontaine moves on off the ice

‘The Companion in Courage Foundation is LaFontaine’s avenue to life-altering experiences. It is creating a "Lion’s Den" for two more hospitals, bringing the total to 10. Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women & Children’s Hospital opened the first two rooms, filled with computers and games that offer children an opportunity to play and interact with others. As the foundation’s Web site says, it gives them an oasis from the poking and prodding often associated with hospital stays, providing a brief respite to allow a kid to be a kid.’

Loss to Senators is second nature for Sabres

‘For the second straight game, the Sabres dominated a foe during the opening period. Then they completely fell apart. This time, it was their old nemesis who made them pay. The Sabres watched a 1-0 lead and 17-5 shots advantage turn into a 5-1 deficit with a few mental lapses and trips to the penalty box.’

Heatley’s gone but not forgotten

‘Gone are the days of Ottawa coaches sending Heatley and linemates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson over the boards seemingly every other shift. Instead, the Senators have gone to a four-line attack.’

Sunday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sens show cutting edge (Ottawa Citizen)

Donovan’s done for 6 to 8 weeks (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)

Sens’ win hurts so good (Ottawa Sun)

Cherry blast hits Spezza (Ottawa Sun)

Donovan out at least six weeks (Ottawa Sun)

Photo gallery (

Photo gallery (

Photo gallery (AP)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Expensive Victoire for the Senators (Le Droit)