Sabres should have nixed rumors

‘The Sabres could have saved themselves two days of questions if they would have said as much. Instead, Lindy Ruff told reporters to simply ask Connolly what happened. Connolly wasn’t available for three days, which made the media even more skeptical given his history of concussions and other injuries.’

Sabres captain playing catchup

‘"Desperate times call for desperate measures," Rivet said after Thanksgiving Day practice Thursday morning in HSBC Arena. "[Coach Lindy Ruff] is going to go with who he’s confident with and that’s the bottom line. Right now, we need to win some hockey games."’

Roy recovers from head, elbow ailments

‘”I couldn’t really see and it’s tough to go out there when you can’t see,” Roy said. “The doctor said it might come back and it started to. It was the first time so it was kind of scary.”‘

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Leafs Game Day (National Post)

Toronto (8-9-3) at Buffalo (8-12-3) (AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs (8-9-3) at Buffalo Sabres (8-12-3) (The Sports Network)

Leafs hope to cure road woes in Buffalo (NHL.com)

Leafs Travel To Unfriendly Buffalo (MapleLeafs.com)

Thanksgiving Day skate

‘“(Ryan) is going to get a little extra work in after practice, so we’ll see where he’s at. If he’s ready we’re gonna use him,” Lindy Ruff said in reference to tomorrow’s game versus Toronto.’

Sabres offense goes begging against Pens

‘The game featured a recipe that certainly didn’t tantalize the tastebuds of any Sabres fans. Add one hot goaltender to an ice-cold offense and toss in a dash of turnovers, and the result is predictable.’

Weber gets a shot in place of Rivet

‘”I’ve played lots of games in the minors,” he said. “The organization has shown me a lot of respect by having me here. Just practicing up here makes me a better player.”‘

Thursday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Fleury regains ‘mojo’ (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Illness keeps backup goalie on the bench (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Penguins, Fleury shut out Buffalo (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Aftermath: Penguins 1, Sabres 0 (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Photo gallery (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Fleury, Dupuis lead Penguins to win over Sabres

‘“In a game like that, you can’t miss the net on some of those good chances,” said Ruff, whose team has dropped three of four after a 4-0-1 run. “You can’t miss the net on the power play when you’re dead in the slot. Those are ones you’re going to have to convert if you’re going to win hockey games.”’

Pittsburgh 1, Buffalo 0

‘”It was a deflected puck, and obviously, he caught me off-guard there,” said Enroth on the only mistake he made in the contest. “I think I screwed up when I tried to play the puck instead of looking at the shooter.”‘

Sabres Shut Out By Penguins 1-0

‘A lot of coulda, woulda, shouldas for the Sabres on the night.’

Aftermath: Penguins 1, Sabres 0

‘”You can’t miss the chances we missed. In a game like that, you can’t miss the net on some of the good chances, you can’t miss the net on the power play when you’re dead in the slot… Those are ones you’re going to have to convert if you’re going to win hockey games.”‘

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates get a jump on the big feast (Portland Press Herald)

Dineen shuffles the roster deck (Maine Hockey Journal)

City clueless for keeping Miller keyless

‘I am not in the habit of getting gooey over sports stars. But this guy stands above and beyond the standard-issue millionaire jock. His Steadfast Foundation, formed as Miller’s teenage cousin battled leukemia, has raised nearly $900,000. It’s the real thing, not some public relations gesture intended as much to polish a star’s image as to help a cause.’

No-hustle play gets Ruff ranting

‘”I was coaching,” Ruff said with a grin. “That’s what it was. A little bit of complacency in that drill bothered me because our power play was making strides. You can’t practice like that. You can’t practice the power play and have it be effective the way we were practicing. I just chose to get my point across.”‘