Saturday’s Ottawa Coverage


Game Day: Senators vs. Sabres
(Ottawa Sun)
Ottawa (18-15-5) at Buffalo (17-17-3) (AP)
Ottawa Senators (18-15-5) at Buffalo Sabres (17-17-3) (The Sports Network)
Senators face Sabres fresh off exhilarating win (NHL.com)

FiOS touts addition of MSG broadcasts

‘The timing of the addition of HD broadcasts on FiOS to coincide with the Time Warner-MSG dispute was a result of a court ruling. Verizon won a protracted legal battle against MSG for its HD feeds. A federal court ruled in favor of Verizon in November, upholding a FCC ruling, which forced MSG to negotiate with Verizon to provide HD feeds. MSG had argued that Verizon was not a broadcast company and therefore was not entitled to the HD signal to compete with cable TV providers.’

Sabres beaten to the punch in D.C.

‘The Capitals outclassed the Sabres from the opening minute to the sounding of the horn during the first. They beat Buffalo to pucks, hit harder and more often, skated faster and scored the only goal.’

Injury keeps Myers sidelined, frustrated

‘”It’s not quite where it needs to be for me to jump back in,” Myers said Friday in Verizon Center. “It’s a tough bone to break. There’s not much blood supply. It’s just taking a little longer than we hoped for. I’ll come back as soon as I’m ready. It’s just a matter of making sure I don’t come back too early to put it at risk for reinjury.”‘

Saturday’s Washington Coverage

Alex Ovechkin scores two goals as Washington beats Buffalo at Verizon Center (Washington Post)
Capitals’ stars rise to occasion in win over Sabres (Washington Times)
Ovechkin’s two goals power Caps to another win (Washington Examiner)
Ovechkin leads Caps to win (CSN Washington)
Shuffling off to Columbus (CSN Washington)
Postgame notebook (WashingtonCaps.com)
Postgame notes & quotes (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (AP)
Photo gallery (WGRZ-TV)

Surging Ovechkin gets 2; Capitals upend Sabres 3-1

‘If the Sabres are going to rebound, they’ll have to keep patching together lineups. They were already without six injured players entering the game before Ehrhoff got into a fight with Troy Brouwer late in the first period.’

Sabres’ Ehrhoff out ‘probably weeks’ with injury

‘Ehrhoff left the game after a fight with Washington’s Troy Brouwer late in the first period and did not return.’

Washington 3, Buffalo 1

‘”I’ve never seen so many bouncing pucks go the wrong way,” said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. “But, if you don’t score you don’t win games, simple as that.”‘

Sabres Lose to Caps 3-1; Ehrhoff out with Upper Body Injury

‘Fans hoping for a better jump at the start of the second were in for a rude surprise. The Caps made it 2-0 at 3:52 on a beautiful passing play. The Sabres defense was completely befuddled leaving Nicklas Backstrom wide open for an easy tap-in past Miller.’

Sabres Adam trying to fit in

‘He’s played LW, he’s played center and had many different line mates.’

Amerks are everything Sabres should be

‘Unlike in Buffalo, standing up for teammates isn’t seen as a chore in Rochester, but as a duty.’

Without deal, Time Warner to lose Sabres

‘The dispute doesn’t just involve Buffalo – it applies to all of New York State. So if the Sabres games go black, so do the Islanders, Rangers, Devils, and the NY Knicks.’

Sabres On Cable? Race Against Clock

‘As the clock clicks closer to New Year’s Day, there is an increasing possibility that Sabres games, and other programming from MSG network will drop off of Time Warner Cable systems in greater Buffalo.’

Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine…

Has he fully recovered from the injury? It’s impossible to say, but something’s not right with Roy. The most frustrating thing about No. 9 is that he may very well be the engine of this team. Laugh if you will, but look at the facts: When Roy records a point, the Sabres are 12-2-3, When Roy fails to mark the scoresheet, the Sabres are 5-15-0.’

Dulled finish

‘“You start by taking a penalty. Webby is a physical player. I don’t think it was that bad a hit when I look at it,” Ruff explained. “Sometimes that early call is an easy one to make and they made it. That gets you behind the eight ball right off the bat. It’s hard not to tell a guy to not finish his check.”’