Archives for January 2010

Eventually, Sabres need to pick up Miller

‘Throw in the fact that Miller is going to have a bunch of games added to his season because of the Olympics, fatigue will have to be a concern for the Sabres’ goalie. All the more reason someone — Vanek, Pominville, Roy, a player acquired at the trade deadline, or all of the above — needs to become the Sabres’ MVP of the second half of the season and be the guy other team identify as “the man” late in games when a goal is needed.’

Big Easy heading for the big time

‘Myers can seemingly do it all: He had three power-play goals, 29 points in 50 games, plays the PK and makes skating like the wind look effortless.’

Dogs’ Wills gets first taste of NHL

‘When the Sabres approached Wills about doing the game, he first cleared it with the Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer and president Glenn Stanford. When they gave their blessing, he jumped at the opportunity. "They were not only OK with it, they were excited that I was getting this opportunity," said Wills. "Their support was something I felt that I needed. And the Buffalo Sabres wanted to make sure that our president and our owner were OK with it as well."’

Sabres come home with a loss

‘Fraser immediately waved off the goal, to the anger of the four Sabres celebrating. He went to the phone for a conference with Toronto, presumably to review whether the puck was in before the net moved. It was, but it didn’t matter. Fraser announced an cross-checking penalty on Gaustad, nullifying the tally. Ruff was incensed. The coach, who usually stands behind the players, hopped in front of them to plead his case (and then some). Again, it didn’t matter. The Canucks were given a two-man advantage.’

Montador seeks cure for errors

‘"The good thing about mistakes is it gives you an opportunity to learn," Montador said. "It’s exciting to want to put that behind you. To be able to do that at the moment is tough, but you can benefit from the situation. To have an opportunity to play right away, I think that’s more exciting than sitting on something for a while."’

Ruff ready for stars on ice

‘”I think the special teams are going to be a [collective] effort,” Ruff said Monday, down-playing the role, if not the pressure. “I don’t see it just being myself coaching them on the power play. You’ve got a unit there from San Jose that’s been playing together — they’re not going to need much coaching.”‘

Tuesday’s Vancouver Coverage

Canucks rattle Sabres in 3-2 victory (Vancouver Province)

Olympians battle in subplots (Vancouver Province)

When do we plan the parade route? (Vancouver Province)

Give a chunk of credit to Henrik (Vancouver Province)

Big Easy heading for the big time (Vancouver Province)

Van Provies Nightly Awards (Vancouver Province)

Photo gallery (Vancouver Province)

Canucks make it five in a row with 3-2 win over Sabres (Vancouver Sun)

Wonder twins to the rescue (Vancouver Sun)

Ruff ready for stars on ice (Vancouver Sun)

Game within a game (Vancouver Sun)

Photo gallery (Vancouver Sun)

Canucks get the lucky call this time (Toronto Globe and Mail)

The Goods: Sedins rattle the Sabres (

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Photo gallery (AP)

Rare goal from Lukowich leads Canucks to fifth straight win, 3-2 over Sabres

‘The Sabres appeared to score late in the second period when Craig Rivet banked a puck in off Canuck defenceman Christian Ehrhoff but it was disallowed because of Sabre Paul Gaustad’s cross-checking penalty. “I understand it, I don’t like it,” said Sabre coach Lindy Ruff. “I don’t like the call. I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”‘

Vancouver 3, Buffalo 2

‘Thomas Vanek and Adam Mair scored for the Northeast Division-leading Sabres, who are winless in four straight and finished 2-3-2 on their season-long road trip.’

Sabres Drop Fourth In A Row; Fall 3-2 To Vancouver

‘Thomas Vanek scored his fifteenth goal of the season to draw the Sabres even with Vancouver 2-2 less than two minutes into the third period. The goal came on the power play, the first man advantage for Buffalo in the game. Tim Connolly extended his point streak to 16 games with an assist on the tally. Tyler Myers was credited with the other assist. Brad Lukowich netted his first goal of the season to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead midway through the third. The Sedin twins received the assists on the goal.’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Portland Pirates Today (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Weekly, January 25th (

Canucks-Sabres matchup recalls lockout-era AHL playoff series

‘The clubs last met Oct. 17, 2008, when Thomas Vanek had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the Canucks in Buffalo. But flip the calendar back to the NHL lockout. There was more than just the odd jab or gab during eight regular-season AHL games and the playoffs in which the Manitoba Moose dispatched the Rochester Americans in five games of the second round. “I remember Juice [Kevin Bikesa] taking Vanek out in that series and I remember being in [Derek] Roy and [Jason] Pominville’s face a lot,” recalled Canucks winger Alex Burrows. And [Paul] Gaustad was doing the same with Kes [Ryan Kesler]. It was a lot of fun back then, but this is another stage.”‘

Myers a rookie revelation for Sabres

‘It’s really hard to imagine a player having this much success so soon at what is an extremely difficult position to adjust to at the NHL level. A prospect who projects as a top-two defenseman in junior hockey isn’t actually expected to fulfill that promise for several years after entering the NHL.’

Ruff finds wiggle room for small-market Sabres

‘"Darcy [Regier, who became general manager of the Sabres just before he hired Ruff in 1997], he holds the key to my longevity. "We’ve worked really close together for a period of time and he believes in riding out the rough stretches. And a big part of it is, you’ve got to be a little bit lucky."’

Sabres intent on redemption

‘”We’ve got to be a little better,” Lydman said. “We’ve got to take care of the puck. We’ve got to make sure we don’t give the other team the opportunities.”‘