Archives for January 2013

Leafs stun Sabres late in overtime, spoil Grigorenko’s first goal

‘“I let the guys down on that one,” Miller said following the Sabres’ fourth straight loss. “I just made a stupid decision. That play made a hole. I didn’t really take anything away there.”’

Lockout helped Grigorenko develop into NHL talent

‘“We have an additional three or four months of development that we otherwise wouldn’t have had with a longer season,” Regier said Tuesday in announcing Grigorenko would be staying with the Sabres this season. “This isn’t a full-season decision; it’s a half a season, albeit a half a season with more pressure.”’

Buffalo Sabres keep teenager Mikhail Grigorenko

‘“Two things, really, that went into the decision … its his development in conjunction to his ability to help us win hockey games,” GM Darcy Regier said Tuesday at the Sabres morning skate in advance of their tilt with the Leafs Tuesday night.’

Wednesday’s Toronto Coverage

Frattin’s second goal gives Leafs OT win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Leafs get some sweet vindication as they win in Buffalo (Toronto Sun)
Toronto Maple Leafs beat Sabres 4-3 in dying seconds of OT (Toronto Star)
Buffalo Sabres keep teenager Mikhail Grigorenko (Toronto Star)
Photo gallery (Toronto Star)
Frattin saves Leafs with late overtime goal to beat Sabres (Toronto Globe and Mail)
Leafs finally crack Ryan Miller in overtime victory over Sabres (National Post)
Leafs pick up rare road win over slumbering Sabres (Hamilton Spectator)
Leafs beat the clock for win in Buffalo (TSN)
Reversal of fortune (Sportsnet)
Photo gallery (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Frattin lifts Maple Leafs over Sabres 4-3 in OT

”’I let the guys down on that one. It was a stupid decision,” Miller said. ”I didn’t take anything away. I gave him too much room and made a poor choice.”’

Kaleta taken to a hospital after hit in loss

”’It’s a neck injury,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after the 4-3 overtime loss. ”He was X-rayed here and they took a precaution. They took him for some further tests. I have no update.”’

Toronto 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

‘It seemed as though the game would go to a shootout as time was winding down in the extra period until Frattin grabbed an outlet pass near the left boards just inside the blue line and cruised towards the net before slipping a shot inside the near post for the deciding tally.’

Grigorenko Scores, Sabres Fall in OT 4-3

‘The Sabres are now losers of four games in a row and head to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday.’

Sabres Stafford Ice Cold

‘f you look at shooting percentages, Stafford has been trending downward. In his first full NHL season, Stafford scored on 19% of his shots. It dropped in each of the next three years to 15, 10 and then down to 7%. It jumped up to a career best 17% two years ago(in the contract year) and plummeted back down to 8% last season when he had a career best 226 shots on goal.’

Sabres welcome in two new defensemen

‘Both Mike Weber and T.J. Brennan got their first action of the season.’

Leafs beat clock and Sabres, 4-3

‘Grigorenko, Buffalo’s first pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, learned Tuesday morning that he would not return to his club in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and would instead spend the rest of the season with the Sabres. He said he started to build up some confidence as the third period went on, but losing the game definitely put a damper on the thrill of scoring his first NHL goal. “I was really excited,” Grigorenko said. “It would’ve been a great night for me. I was really happy I scored a goal and then we lost the game.”‘

Frattin scores late to bury Sabres in OT

‘Frattin drove down the left wing while fighting off Jordan Leopold, and then roofed a shot over the right shoulder of goaltender Ryan Miller for his second goal of the night.’

Grigorneko awaits decision on his fate

‘“From the start of the year to where he is now, he’s a much better hockey player,” Regier said by phone Monday. “If we were making this decision back in September, I’d argue it would have been a lot easier than it is now.”’

Sabres waiting to make decision on Grigorenko’s future

‘“There’s lots of issues, and part of it is we’ve got issues at center with winning draws and the youth at center ice and whether Ville (Leino) can come back in and play,” Ruff said. “That’s all part of the discussions there with center ice.”‘

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage

Toronto Maple Leafs at Buffalo Sabres: Tuesday NHL game preview (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-0) at Buffalo Sabres (2-3-0) (The Sports Network)
Leafs, Sabres set to meet for second time (