Archives for March 2010

Ennis: Another young Sabre making impact

‘“He looks like he should be on a bantam team,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff joked about Ennis’ youthful looks. “But it’s incredible how good some of these kids are."’

Sabres’ Ennis enjoys longer stay

‘Ennis is 20 years old but looks 16 and plays like he’s 26.’

Torres says he’s ready

‘"I think I’m ready to go," Torres said. "It’s up to the coaches to decide if they’re going to put me in or not, but I’m feeling good. It’s been a good eight or nine days here of skating to get my legs back and get healthy. It’s good."’

Wednesday’s Florida Coverage

Wednesday: Panthers at Sabres (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Florida (30-33-12) at Buffalo (42-23-10) (AP)

Sabres aim to stay hot vs. struggling Panthers (

Youth leading the way

‘With a string of injuries hitting the Buffalo Sabres this week – Tim Connolly (lower body), Thomas Vanek (lower body), Pat Kaleta (upper body) and Raffi Torres (upper body) all missing games – the Sabres had to extend their reach to the Pirates. Ennis, along with Nathan Gerbe and Mark Mancari, were brought in to help the squad claim a pair of victories and get closer to clinching the Northeast Division.’

Miller shows Thomas, Bruins who’s No. 1

‘They won this one largely in goal, with Miller badly outplaying U.S. Olympic backup Tim Thomas.’

Gerbe returns to familiar territory

‘"It’s pretty exciting because I definitely have a lot of roots here," Gerbe said. "I played some pretty critical games here in the Garden against [Boston University] so it’s a lot of fun to come back. I’ve been looking forward to playing in Boston for a while since I turned pro."’

Miller bounced back for the Sabres

‘This season, few teams have been able to figure out Miller, one of the league’s smartest and coolest in the clutch.’

Ex-BC star Nathan Gerbe enjoys Garden visit

‘“I thought I played pretty well in those two games,” the diminutive Gerbe said. “You can always play better, but I felt confident and strong and the speed felt good. Hopefully I can get back to playing like that again.”’

Paille, Montador happy to have traded places

‘Nobody knows better than Paille that Buffalo has a seemingly endless line of young players, especially forwards, ready to advance from the minors. He was once one of those kids, after all, and he was ultimately made expendable by the presence of youngsters like rookie Tim Kennedy, who has spent this entire season in Buffalo, plus Tyler Ennis, Mark Mancari and ex-Boston College standout Nathan Gerbe, the trio summoned from Portland, Maine (AHL), over the weekend. “There’s a lot of young talent in the organization,” Paille said.’

Tuesday’s Boston Coverage

Net loss for Bruins (Boston Globe)

Miller bounced back for the Sabres (Boston Globe)

Sturm has his shot, but comes up empty (Boston Globe)

Not quite good enough (Boston Herald)

Ex-BC star Nathan Gerbe enjoys Garden visit (Boston Herald)

Bruins failing despite ‘A’ for effort (Boston Herald)

Claude Julien, Tim Thomas feel heat (Boston Herald)

Bruins can’t get themselves together in time to beat Buffalo (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Paille, Montador happy to have traded places (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Not doubting Thomas backfires in costly B’s loss (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

B’s hanging on to playoff spot (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Doubting Thomas (Lowell Sun)

3-2 Bruin loss was Thomas’ last stand (New Bedford Standard Times)

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Sabres hold off Bruins 3-2

‘Ryan Miller made 40 saves, including Marco Sturm’s penalty shot in the first period, in a matchup of last month’s USA Olympic goaltenders.’

Buffalo 3, Boston 2

‘Starter Tim Thomas was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots in 26-plus minutes. Tuukka Rask stopped all 19 shots he faced the rest of the way.’

Sabres Hang On For 3-2 Win Over Bruins

‘Tyler Myers continued his Calder push by picking up two points, including a goal and an assist, and Tim Kennedy scored his 9th of the season to help lift Buffalo. Ryan Miller turned in a 40-save performance as the Sabres opened up their division lead to seven points.’

Sabres recall two from Portland

‘The Sabres lost regulars Tim Connolly (lower body), Patrick Kaleta (upper body) and Thomas Vanek (lower body) to injuries over the weekend. They’ve also been without winger Raffi Torres (hand-wrist) the last five games.’