Backstrom, Capitals Bury Sabres 5-2

‘The Caps, displaying their relentless offense, pounced on Ryan Miller early and didn’t let up. Backstrom snapped a shot past the glove of the Sabres netminder just 1:18 into the game. Only about five and a half mintues later, Washington defenseman Mike Green beat Miller to make it 2-0.’

Sabres 2009-10 AHL prospects update

‘Jhonas Enroth – Still developing his craft at the AHL level, there is no rush for Enroth to make the jump to the NHL. With Ryan Miller between the pipes for 70 games a year in Buffalo, Enroth has been getting the bulk of the starts in the AHL over partner Jean-Philippe Lamoureux. In 19 games this year, Enroth is 10-9-1 with a save percentage of .905. His goals against average is 2.79 and he has one shutout. He was called up to Buffalo in early November and found himself on the wrong end of a 4-2 loss to the division rival Boston Bruins. The 21-year-old still has plenty of time to develop.’

Not all is perfect in Sabreland

‘Connolly has zero goals in the last 13 games and just two in the last the last 25 contests. Take away a two-goal, four-point effort on Nov. 27, and he has only nine assists since Oct. 30.’

Connolly slips into quiet slide

‘"You’re happy with the team’s success. The team is playing well," Connolly said after practice Tuesday. "Obviously, we have Ryan Miller back there, and he’s been tremendous. As a group we’re happy with the way we’re playing. As an individual, I would like to produce more and try to help this team out more offensively."’

Hard-used Myers gets to skip practice

‘"The coaches and trainers just decided to give me a maintenance day to get some rest," Myers said. "I’ll be fine to play [tonight], no problem. It was more the trainers’ decision. I’ll take advantage of it and come out [tonight]. We have a big game before our Christmas break."’

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Buffalo (22-10-3) at Washington (22-8-6) (AP)

Buffalo Sabres (22-10-3) at Washington Capitals (22-8-6) (The Sports Network)

Caps host Sabres in battle of two of the East’s best (NHL.com)

Caps Return Home to Host Sabres (WashingtonCaps.com)

Myers rests, Butler skates

‘“He was one of the guys who got sick in Ottawa and was down some weight so we left him off there,” Ruff said. “When you get run down and you’re down some weight, there’s a good chance you can pull some muscles.”‘

Sabres’ Toronto magic continues

‘“There’s confidence in this team,” Hecht said. “That’s not only when we play Toronto, it’s when we play any other team. We’ve got the confidence that we can win every game.”’

Sabres have that late game swagger

‘"We didn’t panic," Hecht said. "There’s confidence in this team, whether we play Toronto or any other team. We’ve got the confidence we can win every game. I think it shows in everybody this year. We’re out there, down in the third, and we’re not just throwing pucks away. We’re making plays."’

Sitting is painful for injured Vanek

‘”When I try to take off, it doesn’t feel right, so we’re going to keep working on it,” Vanek said. “It’s better than it was two days ago, so hopefully it keeps progressing.”‘

Sabres give Leafs something to aspire to

‘The Sabres have a franchise goalie, a long-serving coach, and regularly raid the NHL bargain basement with success. They don’t do it with big-name free agents and before this season many people wouldn’t have known Tyler Myers from Mike Myers. Adam Mair was declared unworthy by the Leafs almost a decade ago but is part of one of the NHL’s top penalty killing units. Bit players doing small things adding up to big results have moved the Sabres from playoff wannabes to third in the conference.’

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Miller continues to dominate Leafs (Toronto Sun)

Stalberg is getting to Miller (Toronto Sun)

Sabres give Leafs something to aspire to (Toronto Sun)

Photo gallery (Toronto Sun)

Sabres play Scrooge with Leafs (Toronto Star)

Leafs’ blunders costly (Toronto Star)

Miller time in Toronto again (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Stressed to the nines as Leafs drop another (National Post)

Jinx Continues (MapleLeafs.com)

Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Derek Roy scores in overtime as Sabres defeat Maple Leafs 3-2

“It was a hard-fought game tonight,” said Miller, who had to deal with crease-crashing Leafs players throughout the game. “We came back and played a tight third period. Even though we only had a couple of chances, we made one count and we got to overtime.”

Buffalo 3, Toronto 2 (OT)

Hecht and Nathan Paetsch tallied for Buffalo, which has won nine straight against the Maple Leafs and eight in a row at Air Canada Centre. The Sabres are now 6-1-1 in their last eight. Ryan Miller stopped 34-of-36 shots.’

Sabres Beat Leafs…Again; 3-2 On Roy’s OT Winner

‘Buffalo has won nine consecutive games against the Maple Leafs and eight in a row at the Air Canada Centre, tying an NHL mark set by the California Golden Seals when they won eight straight at Cleveland between January of 1975 and March of 1977. The Sabres have not lost at Toronto since a 4-2 loss on January 19th, 2008.’