Archives for February 2011

Saturday’s Detroit Coverage

Parents of Drew, Ryan Miller road trip to Buffalo to see sons play (Detroit Free Press)

Wings-Sabres game a rare matchup for Miller brothers (Detroit News)

Detroit (37-18-6) at Buffalo (29-25-6) (AP)

Detroit Red Wings (37-18-6) at Buffalo Sabres (29-25-6) (The Sports Network)

Red Wings start trip in Buffalo (

Good times keep rolling

‘"Obviously you think in the back of your mind it’s not good enough," said Miller, who was again sharp with 29 saves. "But from where we put ourselves, it’s got to be good enough. You always work from the point you’re at."’

Road has been friendly to Red Wings lately

‘The Wings have lost two games in a row — both at home — and will be trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak in regulation all season. Maybe the road is a good antidote: Detroit has won four straight and is 6-1 in its last seven games away from Joe Louis Arena. The Wings are just 7-9-2 at home since early December.’

Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage

Anderson can’t save Sens this time (Ottawa Sun)

Sens’ Phillips nears contract decision (Ottawa Sun)

Sens can’t afford to lose Neil (Ottawa Sun)

Dangerous’ Sens fall (Ottawa Citizen)

Offer may be on table for Phillips (Ottawa Citizen)

Frat pack graduates to Senators (Ottawa Citizen)

Game file (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (

Photo gallery (

Photo gallery (AP)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

A chance that Anderson was there (Le Droit)

McCormick, Miller lead Sabres past Senators

‘“Often times it’s not going to be pretty,” said Buffalo forward Mike Grier, who opened the scoring with a breakaway goal 6 minutes into the game. “You’re going to have find different ways to get goals, get pucks to the net, and play well defensively. If we can win games 2-1 or 3-2, we’ll take it at this time of the year.”’

Buffalo 4, Ottawa 2

‘”I think overall we played a heck of a game,” said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. “But, we had trouble putting them away. We had chances to put them away but we let them get back in it.”‘

Sabres Hold On For 4-2 Win Over Ottawa

‘Well, it wasn’t pretty all night long but a win is a win, is a win.’

The aftermath: Sabres 4, Senators 2

‘For the fifth straight game, Ryan Miller allowed fewer than three goals, and his biggest save of the night also resulted in his first point of the season. Miller finished with 29 saves on 31 shots, including a stop coming in the closing seconds when he got his right leg on a point blank shot by Nick Foligno from the slot as Buffalo was clinging to a 3-2 lead. Seconds later, Thomas Vanek scored an empty net goal to secure the victory as Miller picked up an assist. Over the last five games, Miller has posted a 1.83 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Enroth carries Pirates to a win (Portland Press Herald)

Enroth backstops Pirates to victory (Maine Hockey Journal)

Sharks bow in shootout, but get point (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Sixth goalie in season a team record (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Sharks fall to Pirates 3-2 in Shootout (

Belive What You Hear

‘How to win championships is the question now facing the Sabres new front office. General manager Darcy Regier will at least finish this season and no longer does he have any excuses. He may claim that some past personnel decisions were due to factors out of his control, but that excuse won’t work anymore. Pegula has essentially given Regier a blank check to work to the salary cap with regard to player contracts and spend as much money as he seems necessary in other aspects of the organization.’

Rivet hopes re-entry waivers produces another playing opportunity

‘"I feel I have something to give to a hockey team, and we’ll see what happens," Rivet said in HSBC Arena after helping his teammates prepare for tonight’s game against Ottawa. "I want to play. I want to battle and compete and help a team. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do that."’

Vanek receives an ‘A’ for leadership

‘"I try to work hard in practice, show up every day and be a professional, and that’s it," Vanek said Thursday. "It’s got to come on the ice first, I feel. Words can only go so long. I think you have to show it and have guys follow you."’

Friday’s Ottawa Coverage

Ottawa (20-31-9) at Buffalo (28-25-6) (AP)

Ottawa Senators (20-31-9) at Buffalo Sabres (28-25-6) (The Sports Network)

Sabres’ postseason chase continues vs. Senators (

Pegula’s goal: Build a classy champion in Buffalo

‘"This comes from my prior business. When you drill oil and gas wells, I guess you look at every well like a draft pick," he said. "Some of them are great and some of them don’t work out for you, but I never really ever get too high or too low. I don’t get too high on my conquests or too low on my failures and I think that has helped me sail through the business world, and hopefully through the sports business world."’

Added responsibility

‘“I just think it’s time for Thomas to be that leader, be recognized. It’s the point of his career where he’s our leading scorer and you hear his voice in the room now, and I think it’s important that some of the leadership falls on his shoulders,” Ruff said of his decision to name Vanek an alternate captain.’